How should we pay for health care? How much capacity do we need? Which is the inter-relationship between income and health? In this course you will learn how the tools of health economics can be used to understand the health and welfare implications of how our health care systems are funded and organized.
This day-long course shows how the tools of health economics can be used to understand the health and welfare implications of how our health care systems are funded and organized.
How should we pay for health care?
Economics is the study of how society uses its limited resources. Often there aren't enough health care resources to meet all demands, even in high-income countries, with staff sometimes having to make life and death choices. Resource availability is determined by decisions made at societal level. In this lecture, we examine how countries choose to fund their health systems and the implications this has on who receives treatment.
Resource planning: how much capacity do we need?
How do countries estimate their needs for staff and physical capacity, such as doctors, nurses, hospitals and policlinics? In this lecture we employ bed modelling to assess what staffing and physical resources are needed to meet future demands facing the hospital sector. These techniques are illustrated by a case study in Bishkek, Krygyzstan.
Your money or your life? The inter-relationship between income and health
Many countries have gone through periods of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID19, temporarily prioritizing the health of the nation ahead of the economy. In this lecture, we first consider the inter-relationship between health and income at individual level: are people healthier because they are rich or are people richer because they are healthy? We then consider the relationship at national level: do countries that protect the health of their populations have better economic performance?
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
The day is built around three lectures and involves interactive activities, including polling and small group exercises in breakout rooms.
Facilitators and participants of this course will be online. In case participants are already in Lugano to attend another course, they can follow the course from a dedicated classroom/hub in Lugano.