ERIC Number: ED244714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Study Guide in Health Economics.
Dawson, George; Jablon, Bert
Prepared to assist students at Empire State College in developing learning contracts for the study of the economics of health care delivery, this study guide discusses various aspects of the topic, suggests student projects, and provides an extensive bibliography. First, introductory material discusses the relationship of economics to health care delivery, examining such relevant economic concepts as resource allocation, opportunity cost factors, laws of supply and demand, elasticity, and cost-benefit analysis. In addition, the importance of an understanding of economics is underscored with respect to rising medical costs and the increasing proportion of government expenditures going to health care. A list of introductory economics texts is provided for students who lack the necessary background in economics principles. Next, 56 possible student projects are suggested, requiring students to investigate topics such as the role of government in the health care system, the advantages and disadvantages of socialized medicine, pollution and health, the costs of health care, and productivity in health care delivery. Students are advised to select one or more projects in consultation with their instructor or mentor. Then, a guide is presented to assist students in preparing programs in health care management, which includes lists of required and suggested courses. A list of health care organizations and a 374-item bibliography are included. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Council on Economic Education, Albany.; State Univ. of New York, Old Westbury, NY. Center for Business and Economic Education.