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Course Overview

This course examines different types of health care systems. Building on material from PU5008 it covers issues relevant to many health care systems: the application of supply and demand theory; the complex relationships between the transactors in health care; the patient as consumer; user charges; doctors and hospitals as suppliers of health care; incentives; reimbursement; competition and performance management.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Shelley Farrar

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

This course will use the concept of market failure to develop understanding of why and how governments intervene in the market for health care. It will consider equity and efficiency as possible objectives of health care systems and consider how the different models of finance and provision meet these objectives. The course will apply the concept of demand to the consumers of health care and examine the effects of policies such as user charges and patient choice. It will introduce the student to different ways of raising revenue for the financing of health care and consider the effects of these health care financing mechanisms on efficiency and equity. The material will use the concept of supply to develop understanding of how hospitals, doctors and others respond to incentives and the extent to which their economic relationships are tempered by agency.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Assessment 1: Short answers (20%), assessment 2: 1500 word report (50%), assessment 3: online debate (30%).

Formative Assessment

Included as part of the active learning content.


Individual feedback provided online via myAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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