This research program evaluates the economics of health and healthcare across Australia, with particular emphasis on the organisation, funding and performance of healthcare providers.
Research focuses on the healthcare system and the supply of healthcare services, as well as the role and impact of funding and financial incentives.
The program explores the economic and behavioural factors driving positive outcomes across the healthcare sector, while addressing gaps in under-researched areas of applied health economics.
Current research topics include:
- The healthcare workforce and the labour market
- Health insurance and healthcare finance
- Performance, incentives and competition in healthcare
- The economics of primary healthcare services, and
- Socio-economic factors affecting health outcomes.
Data and methodology
Members of the Health Economics program design and manage the MABEL Survey, a longitudinal study of Australian doctors that began in 2008.
Their research draws extensively upon data collected through the MABEL Survey, but also makes use of large administrative datasets, such as Medicare and hospital data.
The team employs applied microeconometric techniques in their analyses, and has considerable expertise in the use of discrete choice experiments and Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).
The Health Economics program houses the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Medical Workforce Dynamics, which explores how the work decisions of doctors influence healthcare costs, patient outcomes and access to healthcare.
The program is also a founding member of the University of Melbourne Health Economics Group, a network of researchers working in the field of health economics.