DescriptionThis work provides a guide to how economics can be used to manage scarcity of resources in health services. It outlines the principles of economics in a non-technical manner, before going on to address the issues of how to apply the principles in day to day health services management.
The basic principles.
Program budgeting and marginal analysis (PBMA): review of the literature.
Putting it into practice.
The challenges of data and time.
The challenge of the program budget: is it worth it?.
The challenge of disinvesting.
The challenges of measuring and valuing benefits.
The challenge of the organization.
Using evidence, public involvement and values.