Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems

Health Economics and Comparative Health SystemsCritically review and evaluate the interface between economics, ethics and equity in decision making for local and international health systems.

Examine and assess the use of economic tools of analysis within and between health services.

The major focus of this report is to promote critical reading and economic analysis skills. This includes developing critical analysis skills i.e. identifying shortcomings, limitations and what works well, and questioning of how things are done from an economic perspective. Deeper learning also includes the ability to extrapolate, extend and apply principles and theory based on the evidence. This is shown in the ability to make recommendations for the future. Students have to examine recent national and international literature. Quality of writing skills is also being assessed to help improve competency.?

?Most countries have or are beginning to invest in eHealth strategies and modes of delivery. NSW Health released a state plan in 2014 which lists “enabling eHealth” and one of the key strategies to address for health care delivery. Critically analyse the economic sustainability for delivery of this strategy in NSW.

Report Criteria?
You will be assessed on the following:
• Use of report format.
• Proof reading of text to ensure accuracy of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
• Writing clearly and in an appropriate formal style for an academic report.
• Evidence of wide reading from appropriate academic resources including ejournals.
• Adequately and appropriately covering the material in the report.
• Ability to critically analyse content as shown by use of recommendations for further improvements.??

Example of Report format:
(Please include all the headings and sub-headings below in the Critical Analysis Report).


Definition of the Issue
EG Epidemiology of injury
Cost – but only use sub-headings if there is substantial
content to follow- not a few lines



Importance in Australia and other countries

This includes a general overview of findings and recommendations.

MinimumSix references not earlier than 2010.
Compulsory In-cite Citation and every citation should be in referencing.

Additional Readings:
NSW Health. (2014) NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021. Retrieved from

Collins, S.R., Nuzum, R., Rustgi, S., Mika, S., Schoen, C. and Davis, K. (2009) How Health Care Reform Can Lower the Costs of Insurance Administration. Available:
Duckett S. (2013) Performance management using ABF, Sydney: IHPA. Available from:

Edwards, N. (2012) Can lean redesign stick in health care? London: The King’s Fund. Available:
Finkler, S. A., Kovner C. T. and Jones C. B. (2013) Financial Management for Nurse Managers and Executives (4th. Ed.). St Louis: Saunders Elsevier, p. 56-70

Food and Health Bureau (2012) Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development LC Paper No. CB (2)1700/11-12(01). Available:

Health Workforce Australia (2013), Australia’s Health Workforce Series – Nurses in Focus, Health Workforce Australia: Adelaide. Available:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (2014) The Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services. Available: B0001F452/$File/Pricing-Framework-Aust-PublicHospitalServices-2014-15.pdf
Slembeck’s 10 Principles. Available from: Williams, J. (2010) Innovative approaches to cost containment Healthcare Leadership Review, 29(5): 7-8

World Health Organization. (2010). The World Health Report 2010 –Financing for Universal Coverage. Geneva: World Health Organization Available:

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