Health Care Economics - HCM 302

This course is designed to build an understanding of the health care delivery system from an applied economics perspective. The application of these skills will be drawn from examples that illustrate the production of and demand for health. The economic analysis of health care delivery is based on microeconomic theory: elasticity of demand, price sensitivity, etc. As the managed care model develops, greater emphasis is being placed on individual choice and responsibility as determinants of healthcare utilization. This trend has resulted in greater emphasis on the use of economic theory to both plan and evaluate the health care setting. Insurance is a major economic lever of these trends. The rationale for government intervention in medical markets as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of various health policies, including: MOH medical aid, CNSS coverage, price regulation of hospitals, physician payment reform, are surveyed. Prerequisite: ECN 212.