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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn how to use microeconomic techniques to analyse various issues related to health and health care. These techniques will be used to analyse some of the major issues confronting the Australian health care system. The topics that might be covered include trends in population health and expenditure on health care, the nature of the commodity health care, health care as an input in the production of good health, the demand for health care and its relationship with the demand for health insurance, the supply of health care, the financing of health care, agency issues in health care and the regulation of health care, as well as the use of cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis in health economics.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Walker

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures and tutorials

Capstone subjectNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Summarise the effects of economic variables on health at the individual and economy-wide levels
02. Analyse imperfections in the market for health insurance leading to its under provision
03. Analyse imperfections in the market for health care leading to its overprovision
04. Use economic models to predict the effect of financial incentives for healthcare providers
05. Critically evaluate the need for government to intervene to provide equitable access to health care

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