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The Economics of New Health Technologies
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The Economics of New Health Technologies: Incentives, organization, and financing

Joan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage, and Alistair McGuire


This book contains an analysis of issues concerning the economic decision making regarding healthcare technologies. It includes behavioural aspects, organization and incentives for new technology developments, the adoption and diffusion of these technologies along with health technology assessment. In seventeen chapters it provides a detailed analysis of what technological change is; identifies the main drivers of innovation in several health care areas; the impact of advances in medical technology on health, healthcare expenditure, and health insurance. Finally, the book examines the processe ... More

Keywords: innovation, health care technology, technology diffusion, technology adaption, health information, health technology assessment, nanotechnology, health insurance, health expenditures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550685
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Costa-Font, editor
Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Health and Social Care Department, London School of Economics, UK

Christophe Courbage, editor
Director of Research, The Geneva Association (International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics); Lecturer in Health Economics, Institute of Health Economics and Management, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Alistair McGuire, editor
Professor of Health Economics and Health, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics, UK

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Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 Innovation, diffusion, and technology change

Part 3 Technological change and health insurance

Part 4 Innovation, social demand, and valuation

Part 5 Incentives, mechanisms, and processes

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