The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics provides an accessible and authoritative guide to health economics, intended for scholars and students in the field, as well as those in adjacent disciplines including health policy and clinical medicine. The chapters stress the direct impact of health economics reasoning on policy and practice, offering readers an introduction to the potential reach of the discipline. Contributions come from internationally-recognized leaders in health economics and reflect the worldwide reach of the discipline. Authoritative, but non-technical, the chapters place great emphasis on the connections between theory and policy-making, and develop the contributions of health economics to problems arising in a variety of institutional contexts, from primary care to the operations of health insurers. The volume addresses policy concerns relevant to health systems in both developed and developing countries. It takes a broad perspective, with relevance to systems with single or multi-payer health insurance arrangements, and to those relying predominantly on user charges; contributions are also included that focus both on medical care and on non-medical factors that affect health. Each chapter provides a succinct summary of the current state of economic thinking in a given area, as well as the author's unique perspective on issues that remain open to debate. The volume presents a view of health economics as a vibrant and continually advancing field, highlighting ongoing challenges and pointing to new directions for further progress.
1: Peter Smith and Sherry Glied: Overview The Organization of Health Care Systems 2: Bianca K. Frogner, Peter S. Hussey, and Gerard F. Anderson: Health Systems in Industrialized Countries 3: Anne Mills: Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries 4: Carolyn Tuohy and Sherry Glied: The Political Economy of Health Care 5: William Jack: The Promise of Health: Evidence of the Impact of Health on Income and Well-Being Determinants of Health 6: Kristian Bolin: Health Production 7: David M. Cutler, Adriana Lleras-Muney, and Tom Vogl: Socioeconomic Status and Health: Dimensions and Mechanisms 8: Michael Baker and Mark Stabile: Determinants of Health in Childhood 9: Ramanan Laxminarayan and Anup Malani: Economics of Infectious Diseases 10: Donald S. Kenkel and Jody Sindelar: Economics of Health Behaviours and Addictions: Contemporary Issues and Policy Implications 11: Richard G. Frank: Economic and Mental Health: An International Perspective Institutions of Health Care Finance 12: Ake Blomqvist: Public Sector Health Care Financing 13: Peter Zweifel: Voluntary Private Health Insurance 14: Michael E. Chernew and Dustin May: Health Care Cost Growth 15: Erik Schokkaert and Carine Van de Voorde: User Charges Economic Problems of Health Care Finance 16: Mark V. Pauly: Insurance and the Demand for Medical Care 17: Wynand P.M.M. van de Ven and Frederik T. Schut: Guaranteed Access to Affordable Coverage in Individual Health Insurance Markets 18: Laurence Baker: Managed Care The Institutions of Health Care Supply 19: Pedro Pita Barros and Pau Olivella: Hospitals: Teaming Up 20: Anthony Scott and Stephen Jan: Primary Care 21: Till Barnighausen and David E. Bloom: The Global Health Workforce 22: Patricia M. Danzon: The Economics of the Biopharmaceutical Industry 23: Jane Hall: Disease Prevention, Health Care and Economics 24: Jose-Luis Fernandez, Julien Forder and Martin Knapp: Long-Term Care Economic Problems of Health Care Supply 25: Thomas G. McGuire: Physician Agency and Payment for Primary Medical Care 26: Jon B. Christianson and Douglas Conrad: Provider Payment and Incentives 27: Tor Iversen and Luigi Siciliani: Non-Price Rationing and Waiting Times 28: Carol Propper and George Leckie: Increasing Competition between Providers in Health Care Markets: The Economic Evidence Assessing Performance 29: Jim Burgess and Andrew Street: Measuring Organisational Performance 30: Jack E. Triplett: Health System Productivity 31: Simon Walker, Mark Sculpher and Mike Drummond: The Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Inform Decisions about the Use of Health Care Interventions and Programmes 32: Susan Griffin and Karl Claxton: Analysing Uncertainty in Cost-effectiveness for Decision Making 33: Donna Rowen and John Brazier: Health Utility Measurement Economic Perspectives on Fairness 34: Jan Abel Olsen: Concepts of Equity and Fairness in Health and Health Care 35: Eddy van Doorslaer and Tom Van Ourti: Measuring Inequality and Inequity in Health and Health Care 36: Louise Sheiner: Intergenerational Aspects of Health Care Economic Methodology and Health Policy 37: Andrew M. Jones and Nigel Rice: Econometric Evaluation of Health Policies 38: Alan K. Maynard and Karen Bloor: Health Economics and Policy: The Challenges of Proselytising
Sherry Glied served as chair of the Health Policy and Management Department at Columbia University's Mailman School from 1998-2009, and as Senior Economist to the President's Council of Economic Advisers, under Presidents Bush and Clinton from 1992-93. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a member of the board of Academy Health, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has been nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to the US Department of Health and Human Services and is currently awaiting Senate confirmation. Peter C. Smith is Professor of Health Policy at Imperial College London. He is a mathematics graduate from the University of Oxford, and started his academic career in the public health department at the University of Cambridge. In recent years his main research has been in the economics of health, and he was formerly Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. He has acted in numerous governmental advisory capacities, and advised many international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Reviews for The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics
This is a first-rate handbook - comprehensive and balanced - it is an excellent introduction to multiple aspects of health and medical care. Victor R. Fuchs, Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor Emeritus, Stanford University (Departments of Economics and Health Research and Policy) A comprehensive guide to the ever-growing field of health economics: indispensable, not only for the academic researcher but also for the policy-maker. Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics A must have for anyone who cares about this subject. The authors cross the full spectrum in terms of specialties, geography, and political orientation. Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE