The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

Sherry Glied, Peter C. Smith

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The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics provides a guide to health economics. The articles stress the direct impact of health economics reasoning on policy and practice, offering readers an introduction to the potential reach of the discipline. Contributions come from leaders in health economics and reflect the worldwide reach of the discipline. The articles place emphasis on the connections between theory and policy-making, and develop the contributions of health economics to problems arising in a variety of institutional contexts, from primary care to the operations of health insurers. The volume addresses policy concerns relevant to health systems in both developed and developing countries. The book takes a broad perspective, with relevance to systems with single or multi-payer health insurance arrangements, and to those relying predominantly on user charges; contributions are also included that focus both on medical care and on non-medical factors that affect health. Each article provides a succinct summary of the current state of economic thinking in a given area, as well as a unique perspective on issues that remain open to debate. The volume presents a view of health economics as a vibrant and continually advancing field, highlighting ongoing challenges and pointing to new directions for further progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages992
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743719
ISBN (Print)9780199238828
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Developed countries
  • Developing countries
  • Health insurance
  • Policy impact
  • Policy-making
  • Practice
  • Primary care
  • Theory
  • User charges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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