70126 - Health Systems

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  • Teacher Federico Toth

  • Credits 6

  • SSD SPS/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Economics and Economic Policy (cod. 8420)

    Also valid for Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Health Economics and Management (cod. 8880)


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is introduced to the principles of health care organization and policy in a comparative perspective. Aim of the course is to understand the evolution and contemporary state of health care systems in different OECD countries. By the end of the course, the student is able to: 1) Identify the key characteristics and components of health care systems. 2) Assess each health care systems strengths and weaknesses 3) Explain the recent health care reform efforts in OECD countries

Course contents

Course contents:

The evolutionary path of OECD health care systems

Main models of health care funding, including the differences between tax based models, SHI-models and models based on voluntary insurance

Models of health care provision

Health care reforms over the last decades

Health policy and politics

Full course description is available on Virtuale (https://virtuale.unibo.it)




Toth, F. (2021). Comparative Health Systems. A New Framework. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures and class discussion.

The course consists of 10 meetings of 180 minutes each.

Assessment methods

Final assessment will be calculated as follows: attendance and participation in class 20%; final written exam 80%.

The written exam consists of 5 open questions.

Teaching tools

Traditional lectures and class discussion. Voluntary student oral presentation.

Office hours

See the website of Federico Toth