Healthcare Economics

Mestrado em Informática na Saúde (pós-laboral), Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho 23/08/2011

5 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 32,0 T + 16,0 TP + 12,0 OT



Objectives are:
1 - Describe the general economic environment of health
2 - Describe the healthcare market;
3 - Addressing the issue of technology diffusion and its impact on the production of healthcare;
4 - Analyze the role of the State and the consequences of its intervention in the health sector;
5 - Provide the students with concepts of social justice and reallocation of health resources;
6 - Provide a set of methods used within the health economy.
Skills that pupils should acquire:
? Know of a general scope of health economics and healthcare market;
? Have knowledge concerning the impact of technology diffusion in the production of healthcare;
? Understand the role of government in the health sector and be aware of the implications associated;
? Have knowledge of social context;
? Possess knowledge related to economic methodologies used in the health sector.

Details of the market and health production;
Analysis of demand for health and the derived demand for healthcare and health insurance
? Deviations from the model of perfect competition
? Adverse selection
? Moral isk
? Externalities
? Asymmetric information
? Agency theory;
Diffusion of technology and its impact on costs and healthcare;
The cost-benefit analysis and application to health care;
The State's role and the consequences of its intervention in the health sector;
Theories of social justice and redistribution of health resources in relation to health problems that face modern societies, such as obesity, aging or smoking;
Presentation and analysis of a set of methodological approaches often used in health economics

Evaluation Methodology
Considering the objectives of the course in Health Economics the method of teaching practice is the oral exposition of the syllabus provided (lectures), the presentation and discussion of topics related to them (theoretical-practical classes). Are also provided tutorial orientation sessions and used the IPT e-learning platform as a tool for disseminating information, answering questions, posting handouts, exercise sheets and other materials.

- Barros, P. (2009). Economia da Saúde: Conceitos e Comportamentos. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). Portugal: Livraria Almerinda
- Zweifel, P. e Breyer, F. e Kifmann, M. (2009). Health Economics. (Vol. 1). (pp. 1--). USA: Springer

Method of interaction

Software used in class