Economics of the Dutch Health Care System

This course is offered in Dutch. Some of the descriptions may therefore only be available in Dutch.

Course Objective

At the end of the course you can:
- explain the trend in health care expenditures in The Netherlands
(Bridging Theory and Practice - Application);
- apply health economic theory to analyze and evaluate the recent
developments in the Dutch health care market for cure, the Dutch
long-term care market ("care") and the disability insurance market
(Bridging Theory and Practice - Knowledge and Application);
- understand the role of the government in the Dutch care markets
(Bridging Theory and Practice - Application);
- identify and understand the most important issues within the Dutch
care system and evaluate already implemented or future solutions
(Academic and Research Skills; Broadening your Horizon);
- understand and apply economic concepts to measure and interpret the
(relative) efficiency of healthcare providers (Bridging Theory and
Practice - Knowledge, Bridging
Theory and Practice - Application).

Course Content

Health care economics is concerned with the provision of, and demand
for, health care. We will discuss the relevant economic theories and
concepts that are necessary to understand the working of the (Dutch)
health care markets: the market for cure, the market for
care and the market for disability insurance. During the course students
will study how policy makers try to achieve the policy objectives of
high quality, affordable and accessible care in the Netherlands. Dutch
health care institutions and current regulations will be presented.

Teaching Methods

Computer lab tutorials.

Method of Assessment

One written exam – individual assessment.
Two take-home assignments – group assessment.

Entry Requirements



-Erik Schut en Marco Varkevisser, ‘Economie van de gezondheidszorg’,
vijfde herziende druk, 2014, Reed Business Education Amsterdam,
ISBN139789035246928 of zesde (ongewijzigde) druk 2016 , Reed Business
Education Amsterdam, ISBN13 97890368 13136 (de vijfde herziende en zesde
druk zijn identiek).
Additional reading will be available on Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

We expect students to have some knowledge about (health) economics.
Students that do not possess this knowledge are advised to read the two
first chapters of “The economics of health and health care”.

General Information

Course Code E_EBE3_EDHCS
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. F.R.M. Portrait
Examiner dr. F.R.M. Portrait
Teaching Staff dr. F.R.M. Portrait
dr. A.H.E. Koolman
B.H. Salampessij MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab, Lecture
Target audiences

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