Basic Health Economics

Basic Health Economics Courses in South Africa

2KO Africa offers various Basic Health Economics courses in Cape Town, as full time classes. In every country (and many sub-national structures such as states and provinces), health economics plays, or should play, an important role in policy and operational decisions.

These decisions include:
The appropriate role of government, markets, and the private sector in the health sector
Resource allocation and mobilization that affect the equity and efficiency of public spending on health
Resource transfer mechanisms to hospitals and health care providers and the incentive systems that underlie them
Health system organizational structures and the linkages between the levels
Health facility organizational structures




Mechanisms to change behaviors of the population and health system providers in order to achieve better health. Health economists can contribute to better decision making. Most economists train through university degree programs. But there are also short-and medium-term training needs. Furthermore, health economists, even when they exist and are well trained, are not always part of decision making in ministries of health. A clear need exists to train and empower policy and operational decision makers on how health economics can help make health systems more effective, efficient, and equitable.


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Key Features of the Program

Expose participants to the potential contribution of health economics to decision making in the
health sector.

At the end of the course participants can:
Use economic rationale to determine when there is a strong case for government action
Apply economics to improve the efficiency with which health resources are allocated
Analyse economic arguments to help improve technical efficiency in the health sector
Explain how economics can help improve equity in the health sector
Introduce participants to the language of economics and health sector reform so they can communicate more effectively with the Ministry of Finance.

By the end of the course participants can:
Justify the role of the public sector by correctly identifying market failures

Apply the different dimensions of efficiency to ensure a larger return to investments in the health sector



Who Should Attend this Course?

Ministry of Planning staff working on the health sector
Ministry of Finance staff working on the health sector
Civil society advocates who manage or support policy dialogue and monitoring in the health sector
International organizations staff working on health




Courses Available

Basic Health Economics
Basic Healthcare Finance

Diploma In Health Information Management
Healthcare Quality Management
Medium Term Expenditure Framework: Budgeting Health Financing