Well-functioning health systems are essential for maximising population health, minimising the financial consequences of ill-health, and ensuring equitable access to health care. Health systems researchers at the CHE consider macroeconomic questions such as: How should we finance health care expenditure? And should health care be publicly or privately provided? Our researchers also explore important microeconomic questions, including: How should funding be allocated to maximise population health? And what is the impact of patient co-payments on the health care utilisation and health outcomes of different groups?
Answering such a diverse set of questions requires a range of methodological approaches. Health systems research at the CHE makes use of advanced econometrics, priority setting methods such as multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and programme budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA), discrete choice experiments (DCEs), and qualitative methods. Findings from this research have helped to refine policy-settings in Australia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, China and many other health systems around the world.
Examples of our published research
- Oral health, dental insurance and dental service use in Australia
- Has the SWAp influenced aid flows in the health sector?
- Audit rates and compliance: A field experiment in care provision
- The effects of reduced co-payments on adherence failure to statin medication
- Cost-sharing strategies used within publicly-funded drug plans in OECD countries
- A dynamic analysis of the demand for health insurance and health care
- Estimating Returns to Hospital Volume: Evidence from Advanced Cancer Surgery
- Health Care Consolidation and Quality of Care
- Determinants of dentists' productivity and the measurement of output
- Model of healthcare demand with non-linear pricing
- Childhood preventive care, adult healthcare and economic growth: the role of healthcare financing
Our lead researchers
Priority setting in health care
- Anthony Harris
- Maarten Lindeboom
- Duncan Mortimer
- Dennis Petrie
- Daniel Avdic
- Rachel Knott
- Rohan Sweeney
- Maame Esi Woode