- Subject index
Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.
Chapter 13: Economics of Health
Economics of Health
Last (2007) defined economics as ‘the branch of scholarly activity concerned with the production, consumption, transfer of goods, services and wealth and with the allocation of finite resources’. There are many branches of economics – microeconomics, macroeconomics and health economics. The concern of this chapter is health economics. Health economics is the discipline that enables health planners and practitioners to deal with the challenges brought about by scarcity of resources and the choice to arrive at in a logical manner so that accountabilities can be ensured. As Brambleby and Appleby cited in Pencheon et al. (2006) simply put it, health economics ‘brings a systematic approach to the management of issues of scarcity and choice’. Public health practitioners and other healthcare ...