The main purpose of the course is to teach students to use the microeconomic toolbox of theory and methods to analyze and understand problems within health economics. This course presents students with general economic questions related to demand, supply and production of health and health services.
In particular the course will discuss the role of (asymmetric) information in health, health care and health insurance markets; finance and organization of health care and insurance; and the determinants of health and health behavior.
The course will also discuss distributional and inequality issues. Students will practice critical assessment of both theory and empirical methods. The course presents the basic models of economic evaluations of health care programmes and interventions, providing students with basic practical tools and understanding of the pros and cons of these models.