A comprehensive book for advanced undergraduate students in health economics, it discusses current developments and debates in modern health economics from an international perspective. Economic models are presented, complemented by real-life explanations and analysis, and discussions of the influence of the models on policymaking.
About the Author
Jay Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor at Stanford University, School of Medicine, USA. Timothy Hyde is a doctoral student at Yale University, USA. Peter Tu is a doctoral student at Harvard University, USA.
"A very thorough introduction to health economics combining the important theoretical literature from economics, including neighboring fields, with an account of the actual systems which allocate medical care in its various dimensions." - Kenneth J. Arrow, Stanford University, USA and Nobel Prize-winning economist
"With a readable, breezy style and a deft touch at explaining sophisticated concepts, Health Economics approaches health and health care from a uniquely modern and engaging economic perspective. This book should have very broad appeal. It will reward even the most well-informed readers who seek to understand the challenges facing the U.S. health care system, as well as anyone who would like to learn about applied economics or policy analysis." - Alan Garber, Harvard University, USA
"This comprehensive and up-to-the-minute book offers an engaging introduction to the complex subject of health economics, covering every aspect of the market from compensation for doctors and nurses, to technological change, to the Affordable Care Act. I look forward to using this book in the classroom." - Janet M. Currie, Princeton University, USA
"This is an exceptionally rich and comprehensive undergraduate textbook in Health Economics. It covers the traditional building blocks of health economics, but also extends to behavioral health economics, public health economics and addresses pertinent policy questions that different countries with different health care models face. This book is a must for health economics courses throughout the world and a definite recommend as secondary reading for courses on the economics of the welfare state." - Maarten Lindeboom, VU University, the Netherlands
"A welcome new textbook that includes highly accessible treatment of the most important topics in modern health economics. This will be a student favorite." - William Dow, University of California, Berkeley, USA
"An exceptionally well written textbook, broad in coverage, refreshingly non-technical, but nevertheless scholarly and thorough. Innovative chapters like economic epidemiology and thoughtful insights on demographic change as well as a review of new developments on public health economics and behavioral economics are most valuable; well-discussed phenomena like moral hazard and adverse selection are presented in a highly accessible manner. " - Konrad Obermann, Heidelberg University, Germany