Challenging Health Economics

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OUP Oxford, Jan 22, 2009 - Business & Economics - 278 pages
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This book mounts a critique of current health economics and provides a better way of looking at the economics of health and health care. It argues that health economics has been too dominated by the economics of health care and has largely ignored the impact of poverty, inequality, poor housing, and lack of education on health. It is suggested that some of the structural issues of economies, particularly the individualism of neo liberalism which is becoming more and more pervasive across the globe, need to be addressed in health economics. The author instead proposes a form of collective decision making through communitarianism, placing value on participation in public life and on institutions, such as health care. It is envisaged this form of decision making can be used at the local, national or global levels. For the last, this would mean a major revamp of global institutions like the World Bank and the IMF. Examples of the impact of the new paradigm on health policy in general but also more specifically on priority setting and equity are included.

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Part IBackground and Critique
1Why a New Paradigm?
2Some Problems in Existing Health Economics
3The Lack of a Comprehensive Paradigm
4The Need for a New Paradigm
8Communitarian Claims
Part IIISome implications of the new paradigm
nationally and internationally
10Priority Setting Under the New Paradigm
11Equity under the New Paradigm
12Some Further Implications for Health Economics and the Economics of Health Policy
Part IVConclusion

5Neoliberalism and its Impact on Health
Part IIA New Paradigm
6Building the Base for theNew Paradigm

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Gavin Mooney is Professor of Health Economics at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is Director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group (SPHERe) and holds visiting positions at Aarhus University, Denmark and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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