SANITARY ECONOMICS APPLIED TO THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
I) Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course the student will know the essentials and the financing processes in the national and regional health systems; he/she will also know the characteristics and the main tools of offer and demand in a health system.
II) Competences: at the end of the course the student will be able to read and comment the main information about a national and regional health system; he/she will also be able to compare the Italian health system to another Country’s. Furthermore he/she will be able to use the main demand&offer tools.
III) Making judgements: at the end of the course the student will be able to comment the efficiency and efficacy of a health system and to assess offer&demand in a health system.
IV) Communication skills: at the end of the course the student will be able to use specific terminology in the field of systemic evaluations and to communicate properly with organizations’ and entities’ management.
V) Learning skills: through case studies analysis, the student will be able understand in depth the process of analysis, measurement and assessment of a health system.
Course contents summary
The course aims to provide students with the tools for economic reading of the health system, to understand the dynamics and rules of the system with particular attention to the role of the health professions.
The methodological approach requires the active involvement of the participants and learning from the application of teaching concepts.
The course will develop the following topics:
1) The essentials of health economics; Reading the healthcare system in key economic; Offer and demand system.
2) The National Health system and regional health systems.
3) The tools on the demand side; Business tools and organizational methods, disease management, case management, strengthening primary care, care models for chronic conditions.
4) International health systems; Interpretation of the NHS in comparison with International Health Systems and the U.S. health care system.
Zangrandi A. (2010) (a cura di), Economia e Management per le professioni sanitarie, McGraw-Hill (parte I).
Other texts to study in deep:
Scardigli V. (2009), La domanda dei servizi sanitari: quale management e quale organizzazione, Guerini e Associati.
Zangrandi A. (2008), I cittadini e i servizi sanitari. Regioni a confronto. Guerini e Associati.
Teaching materials used during the lessons, provided by the teacher.
The course includes not only lectures, but also interactive teaching and presentation of business cases.
In fact, each student will be required to develop their own project to assess the economic outlook in the internalization of the organizational dimension.
Students will be supported throughout the course for the development of the project. It will be presented by each of them to colleagues in the last lesson of the course, which arises as a moment of learning the practice.
Assessment methods and criteria
For business administration and healthcare economics, there is a common exam, which consists in:
1. writing and discussion of a paper;
2. written exam with closed questions.
The final mark is defined on the basis of professors’ judgment about the single parts of the exam.