Course: The healthcare systems in the OECD coutries - economics and organisational aspects

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Course title The healthcare systems in the OECD coutries - economics and organisational aspects
Course code KMG/W1015
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Barták Miroslav, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Health and health care from the perspective of Public Economics. 2. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the international context. 3. Options for organizations providing health services. 4. Systems of financing health care. 5. Financing of primary care. 6. Funding of secondary care. 7. Financing long-term (tertiary care). 8. Private health insurance. 9. Evaluation of the effectiveness of health care. 10.Ekonomické aspects of health promotion. 11.Systém financing and organization of health care in the Czech Republic - case study. 12.Reformy Health in Czech Republic - historical overview. 13.Reformy Health in Czech Republic - application to the current situation.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide basic information about the organization and financing of health care in OECD countries. Emphasis will be on understanding the ways of financing and organization of primary, secondary and tertiary care, evaluating the effectiveness of health services and health promotion. Special attention will be paid to the financing and organization of health care in the Czech Republic, including the ongoing reforms.
By the end of this module, students will be able to: a) describe and critically reflect upon the principles of health economics, b) describe and reflect upon the methods of international comparison of health systems c) use the WHO Health for all database, the OECD Health Data and Eurostat statistics, d) describe and reflect upon healthcare systems and reforms on the European and international level, e) critically appraise published health economics and healthcare organization papers and studies, f) structure a decision problem relating to health policy questions.
The advantage is the completion of one of the basic economic courses.

Assessment methods and criteria
As this module 75% compulsory attendance in the lectures is required. Besides, students are expected to read the suggested materials during self-study time. The module will be assessed through two examination parts. Both parts are worth 50% of the overall mark and include: 1. Presentation of the country case study (see the list of the countries)maximum 100 points. The evaluation scale: 100-90 points (1) 89-75 points (2) 74-55 points (3) 54-0 points (4) 2. A written assignment, which will comprise short questions on aspects of health economics in international comparison.Will be put to the ten questions, each will be assessed a maximum of ten points.According to the obtained total scores range from 0 to 100 will be awarded marks. 100-90 points (1) 89-75 points (2) 74-55 points (3) 54-0 points (4) The possibility to pass the exam more than ones is governed by the Study Regulations.
Recommended literature
  • Barták, M. Ekonomika zdraví: sociální, ekonomické a právní aspekty péče o zdraví. Praha, 2010.
  • Barták, M. Mezinárodní srovnávání zdravotnických systémů. Praha, 2012. ISBN 978-80-7357-9845.
  • CULYER, A.J., NEWHOUSE, J.P. The State and Scope of Health Economics. In: Culyer, Newhouse Handbook of Health Economics. Elsevier, Amsterdam 2000..
  • DETELS, R., McEWEN, J., BEAGLEHOLE, R., TANAKA, H. Oxford Textbook of Public Health. Foutrh Edition. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-19-263041-5..
  • HOWLETT, M., RAMESH, M. Studying public policy : Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-19-540976-0..
  • JACOBS, J.R. The Economics of Health and Medical Care, 5th edition. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, 2002..
  • OECD. Toward High Performing Health Systems : Policy Studies. Paris : OECD, 2004. ISBN 92-64-01559-0..
  • PHELPS, C.E. Health Economics, 3nd edition. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 2003..
  • ROKOSOVÁ, M., HÁVA, OP., SCHREYOGG, J., BUSSE, R. Health care systems in transition: Czech Republic. Copenhagen, WHO regional Office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory on health Systems and Policies, 2005.
  • SALTMAN, R., FIGUERAS, J. eds. European Health Care Reform. Analysis of Current Strategies. WHO regional Publications, European Series, No 72. WHO, Regional Office Europe, Copenhagen 1997..
  • WHO. Health 21 : The health for all policy framework for the WHO European Region. Geneva : WHO, 1999. ISBN 92 890 1349 4..
  • WHO. Working for health : An introduction to the World Health Organization. Geneva : WHO, 2006. ISBN 92 4 156313 5..
  • WILKINSON, R., MARMOT, M. Social determinants of health : The solid facts. Copenhagen : World Health Organization, 2003. ISBN 92 890 1371 0..
  • ZWEIFEL, P. et al. Health Economics, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 978-3-540-27804-7..

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