This publication provides an introduction to health economics for health professionals and students with no previous economic background. It aims to present basic economic concepts in a clear manner and to demonstrate their potential application to the health sector, particularly within developing countries. Following an introduction to health economics and its contribution to health planning, six main areas are addressed: Economic development and health; The role of the state in health care provision; Economic evaluation concepts and techniques; Economic information relevant to the health sector and its sources; Health financing issues; and Financial planning and budgeting. The publication is supplemented by an extensive bibliography that will enable the interested reader to pursue any of the topics discussed, and completed by a glossary of economic terms.
Mills, A.; Gilson, L. Health economics for developing countries: a survival kit. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (1988) v + 130 pp. [HEFP working paper 01/88] [Also published as EPC Publication No 17, LSHTM, 1988]