Health Care Financing Policy and Management
This course examines the policy and management associated with the generation, pooling and allocation of financial resources in the health sector. First, it examines the pros and cons of different types of financing sources for health care, namely, tax, social health insurance, private health insurance, and out-of-pocket payment. It reviews the comparative performance of different health care financing systems, with a focus on low-income countries. Second, it deals with the basic concepts of finance, accounting and financial analysis and their applications to health care institutions and industry. Topics include time value of money, financial statement analysis, capital market mechanisms, capital budgeting, costing, and cost allocation.
Political Economy of Health System and Policy
This course provides an understanding of health policy and health care systems from the combined perspectives of economics and political science. First it examines the theories and comparative analysis associated with the role of government, and the political dimension/determinants of health policy. Second, it examines the political economy of health care systems, including health care financing and delivery, provider payment systems and pharmaceuticals and medical technology. Third, it examines the key cross-cutting issues of health policy and system, such as equity in health care financing and utilization, population aging and long-term care, health and economic development, and health care reform.
Aging and Long-term Care Policy
This course provides an understanding of policy issues related to aging and long-term care. First, it examines the implication and impact of aging on labor market and capital market including pensions. Second, it examines the pros and cons of various financing options for long-term care including social insurance mechanism. Third, it examines the delivery of long-term care such as utilization, quality, payment to providers, and industrial organizations. This course is based on the comparative policy and institutional perspectives encompassing both economics and political science approaches. It also adopts the perspective of social policy and welfare state as well as health policy perspective.
Comparative Health Systems and Policy
This course will identify the similarities and differences among national health care systems in the world in terms of comparative methodology, history, and types of and changes in national health systems. The ultimate goal is to learn lessons from the experiences of other countries.