Health Economics

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the basic theoretical knowledge to analyze the health economics and the health market. The elements that distinguish the health markets and the specificities that characterize the Italian NHS will be illustrated. The main tools to analyze the efficiency and equity issues in the health sector will be accurately presented.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will know: the basic theoretical aspects to analyze the health economics and the health market; the elements that distinguish health markets; the specific elements that characterize the Italian NHS. The student will be aware of the main tools to analyze the efficiency and the equity issues in the healthcare sector.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Course syllabus
1. Introduction to health economics
2. Demand for health care: (i) need and demand for health, (ii) demand or health care, (iii) Grossman model and (iv) limitation of the model, (v) comparative static
3. Agency: (i) GP-patient (ii) induced demand
4. Supply of health care: (i) clinician as supplier, (ii) hospital as a firm, (iii) productivity.
5. Economic evaluation: (i) cost of life and costs in health, (ii) cost-benefit, cost-efficacy and cost-utility in healthcare sector.
6. Macroeconomics and health policy: (i) public intervention, (ii) equity, (iii) insurance market.
Prerequisites for admission
Students have to be aware of basic concepts of Economics and Public Economics.
Teaching methods
Taught classes and seminars
Teaching Resources
Levaggi, R.; Capri, S., Economia sanitaria. Milano: F. Angeli, 2009.
Mapelli, V., Il sistema sanitario italiano. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012.
Costa G. et al, L'equità nella salute in Italia, Milano, Franco Angeli Editore, 2014.
Ministero della Salute (2016), Programmazione sanitaria e LEA, Livelli essenziali di assistenza (LEA)
Ministero della Salute (2016), Ricoveri ospedalieri (SDO), Il sistema DRG
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam with open questions.
SECS-P/03 - PUBLIC ECONOMICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Mondays, 9:30-12:30
MS Teams
Tuesday, 9.30-11 AM (write email before)
Via Livorno 1, 2nd floor, room 214