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HEALTH ECONOMICS

CODE 106888
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8711 SERVIZIO SOCIALE E POLITICHE SOCIALI (LM-87) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/03
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course is aimed at providing students with the essential tools to understand, analyze and compare the characteristics of health systems and the main health policies adopted at regional, national and international levels. At the end of the course, the student will be able to critically evaluate the different types of public intervention in the health sector using tools suitable for making informed choices, in a logic of collective interest and in a perspective of equity and sustainability. Particular attention will be paid to the following topics: governance, aging, chronicity, health and inequalities, Health Technology Assessment.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to apply some of the basic concepts of economics to the analysis of health systems, an area in which decisions are particularly difficult from an economic point of view.

    At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

    • understand the main reasons for the intervention of the state in the healthcare sector;
    • knowing how to describe health systems and compare them with each other;
    • use the techniques of HTA (Health Technology Assessment) and economic evaluation, to identify the pros and cons of alternative health interventions;
    • acquire the mastery of economic evaluation techniques and of the interpretative tools of socio-health interventions to make informed decisions by reconciling equity, effectiveness and cost containment;
    • identify the factors influencing the supply / demand dynamics of health services and the challenges of the future to ensure the economic sustainability of the system;
    • use the main databases in the health sector to carry out comparisons and descriptive analyzes;
    • understand the principles of management and organization of social and health services with particular reference to the payment schemes applicable to hospital and first aid activities, identifying the criticalities and advantages of the various alternatives.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures and exercises. At least one lecture will be devoted to the debate of a topical issue of particular importance on which students will be asked to confront. In case of an extension of the state of health emergency connected to covid-19, the teaching methods will be specified in Aulaweb.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    • Methods for the economic analysis of health systems
    •  The reasons for public intervention in health
    •   The role of health insurance: adverse selection and moral hazard
    •   The Italian healthcare system
    •   The challenges of health systems: demographic aging, chronicity, inequalities, PNRR
    •   Allocation, standard costs, tariffs and payment systems of the providers.
    •   Health expenditure: drivers, data and comparisons
    •   Economic evaluation in healthcare and Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
    •   Comparative analysis of health systems

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Lecture notes made available through Aulaweb

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARCELLO MONTEFIORI (President)

    LUCIA LEPORATTI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final exam (1 hour) is in written form divided into two parts. The first part consists of multiple-choice questions the second part consists of open-ended questions and exercises (open questions on the theory, graphical analysis, numerical exercises).

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The written exam will evaluate the learning of the basic concepts transmitted during the course and the ability to apply knowledge in practical situations by correctly interpreting numerical and graphic

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    12/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    02/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    09/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    23/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    15/06/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    06/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto
    06/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Scritto