Comparative Health Care Systems - PHCM9471

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Course Outline: See Course Outline

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Students who are not enrolled in a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine will need to provide approval from their program authority and the approval of the course convenor to

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The first part of this course focuses on the principles and practice of health system analysis, the sources and utilisation of information relating to the development, organisation and operation of health services, and frameworks for assessing the performance of different health systems. Then, drawing on material from the health systems of affluent and developing countries, we examine the constitutional, legal, economic, social, and political environments within which health care systems operate and the various patterns that emerge. We review patterns of health service organisation and management: health policy development and planning; characteristics of personal, community and environmental health services and their activities; health service financing arrangements, including health insurance systems; and, the health workforce. The impact of some recent attempts at health system reform in different countries is assessed and proposals for future re-structuring are critically reviewed.

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