[ 572AECOGESK15 ] KS Health Economics

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Economics Gerald Pruckner 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Pre-requisites (*) Fach Einführung in die Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Fach Einführung in die Volkswirtschaftslehre und Fach Kernkompetenzen I aus Volkswirtschaftslehre
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Business and Economics 2015W
Objectives Students will acquire skills to conduct an economic analysis in the field of health care. The course focuses on understanding incentives for physicians, hospitals, patients, and other health care institutions as well as learning that a person's health statics crucially depends on how much time and financial resources are invested in health capital stock. In addition, the course covers important institutional arrangements in the Austrian health system.
Subject The main focus is efficient allocation of scarce resources to the health care sector and also in the health system. In order to understand key issues of health care economics, the following topics will be addressed: Supply and demand of health services, health insurance, the impact of technological advancement in the health care sector, the (rational) behaviour of patients, physicians and hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry and health politicians. The course aims to further enhance students' knowledge of health care economics and its background and explores the institutional framework of the Austrian and/or European health care sector by providing current information and empirical evidence.
Criteria for evaluation Written examination
Methods Lecture and discussions
Language German
Study material PP Slides

  • Folland, S., Goodmann, A. C. and Stano, M., 2007, The Economics of Health and Health Care, 5th edition, Pearson, Prentice Hall.
  • Breyer, F., Zweifel, P. und Kifmann, M., 2005, Gesundheitsökonomik, Springer. Datei
  • Phelps, Ch. E., 2002, Health Economics, 3rd edition, Addison Wesley.
  • Johnson-Lans, S., 2006, A Health Economics Primer, Pearson, Addison Wesley.

Supplementary material can be found on the course’s web page.

Changing subject? No
Further information -
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 200
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority