Health systems

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

Our lead researchers

Priority setting in health care

Health financing

Health care utilisation