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HEALTH ECONOMICS

CODE 106844
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 11267 ECONOMICS AND DATA SCIENCE (LM-56) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/03
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This course provides advanced economics concepts to the central issues in health economics and health policy.

    The course is intended to ensure that students have command of the main tools used in public economic analysis.

    In particular students will improve their understanding of and skills in the “wide” field of health economics: health policy, pharmaceutical economics and policy, health care programs, economic evaluation, health care market regulation.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course provides advanced economics concepts to the central issues in health economics and health policy. The course is intended to ensure that students have command of the main tools used in public economic analysis. Students are introduced to economics of information and to “mathematical modes of analysis” and provided with sufficient command of such analysis to enable them to undertake advanced theoretical and empirical work in the areas of health and public economics. In particular students will improve their understanding of and skills in the “wide” field of health economics: health policy, pharmaceutical economics and policy, health care programmes economic evaluation, health care market regulation.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    •  In-depth knowledge of economic theory and evaluation models applied to health programmes
    •  Understanding health care market and the role played by uncertainty and asymmetric information
    •  Apply theoretical economic analysis to evaluate public and private policies
    •  Effectively synthesize evidence to inform key stakeholders including industry, regulators, and policy makers
    •  Analyze the structure and functions of Italian and international health care systems, focusing on finance and delivery
    •  Ability to design, conduct and critically interpret health assessment (Health Technology Assessment)

     

    An in-depth understanding of key economic issues of the healthcare sector
    An in-depth understanding of different reimbursement systems in healthcare in terms of their efficiency and incentives.
    Insights of health inequalities and social determinants of health.
    Critical understanding of economics principles and concepts applied to healthcare and health policy.
    Skills in the empirical analysis of observational data sets to determine cost-effectiveness of programmes, interpret results from econometric analysis and also apply statistical techniques to economic evaluation.

    PREREQUISITES

    None

    TEACHING METHODS

    Face to face lectures mixed up with laboratory sessions. As part of the course there is the laboratory of Health Economics. The laboratory aims at using a data-driven approach to objectively prioritize policy choices in the field of health economics. By the use of Stata software, the laboratory will show how to exploit large-scale datasets and advanced economic and econometric techniques to identify the most effective and fair policy actions to govern ageing societies (e.g. selection of value for money technologies; new drugs distribution channels; strengthening of territorial medicine; management paths of chronic conditions; visits and exams with extended hours and on weekends; telemedicine).

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Health economics: general principles and theoretical approach
    Information asymmetry in the health care market: adverse selection and moral hazard, incomplete contracts, incentives, uncertainty and risk
    Economic analysis of health care services and insurance systems
    Insurance markets - Government purchasing of health services - Ownership (for profit-not for profit) and hospital behavior
    Pharmaceutical economics and policy, the pharmaceutical industry
    Equity in health
    Health Technology Assessment and Health Related quality of life
    Methods for economic evaluation of health sector and health policies.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARCELLO MONTEFIORI (President)

    LUCIA LEPORATTI (President)

    BARBARA CAVALLETTI

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    An important element of the course is the two (written) intermediate tests that form the continuous assessment element, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. They will also provide feedback on the development of the student's understanding.
    Alternatively, students are assessed by a written/oral final examinations.
    Attendance to the course is not required and there is no difference between attending and nonattending students.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The intermediate test will check and assess  students' knowledge of main topics and tecnicalities.  Multiple choice questions  will check  technicalities and specific contents. Open questions will check students' critical skills and  their ability to elaborate  logically the topics taught in the course. Team working will check student's critical and dialectical skills