Health Economics

Health Economics

Assignment 2


The Question:

In lectures 5,6 and 7, a framework is presented that provides a tool for analyzing the existing situation in a country’s health system with respect to health care financing and resource allocation, and equally provides a tool to assist in identifying and assessing policy options.

Using this framework, together with the knowledge and skills you are acquiring in health economics unit, prepare an essay that provides an economic analysis of the health system of a country of your choice (Australia). In particular, you may want to include some of the following issues in your discussion:

(i)       Revenue collection mechanisms

(ii)     Pooling of funds

(iii)   Purchasing arrangements

(iv)   Provision (delivery) of health services

(v)     Role of contracting (if any)

(vi)   Methods of payment to health professionals and institutions

(vii) Role of the public and private sectors

(viii)    ‘Benefit package’ for the population

(ix)   Existing policies on health priorities, cost containment, etc.

(x)     Recent health system reform initiatives (is any)

(xi)   Challenges facing the health system

(xii) Policy options to address current challenges

(xiii)    Other issues may be discussed also.


The assignment should be a critical analysis of the health system of the country of your choice rather than just a description. For example, you may like to discuss how the method(s) of financing health care impacts on efficiency, equity and cost control. Or examine how the current purchasing arrangements improve health system performance. Or explore what factors underlie the public-private mix in the health sector and how this impact on access to and the affordability of health care.




Essay structure *****

·         Word count = between 2200-2500.

·         Use between 18 – 25 new peer review articles (after 2008)

·         Essay: use headings and subheadings***.


o   Introduction:

§  General statements (1 or 2 sentences)

§  Background (2 to 3 sentences)

§  Thesis statements (This paper will ………explain what are you going to say in the body paragraphs)

o   Body paragraphs (headings & subheadings)

§  A critical analysis (read the question above three to four times)

§  Support your discussion with examples.


o   Conclusion

§  Summaries (2 to 3 sentences)

§  Restate the thesis statements (one sentence)

§  Recommendations (1 to 2 sentences)


o   References

APA 6th Edition

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