This lecture will provide a broad overview of the development of economic methods for evaluating public health and medical interventions prior to the 1970s. It will be divided into three sections:
In addition to providing a review of the key contributions to health economic thought, the lecture will try to identify commonalities in the problems faced and in the methods of evaluation employed. It will end with a list of five classic papers that all health economists should read so they can appreciate the history of their discipline.
About the speaker: Prof Philip Clarke heads the Health Economics Unit, in the Centre for Health Policy at University of Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in the economic evaluation of many large diabetes studies including UKPDS, FIELD and ADVANCE. His broader health economic research interests include developing methods to value the benefits of improving access to health care, health inequalities, the use of simulation models in health economic evaluation and ways to improve collection of health economic data. His contribution to health economics has recently been recognised when he became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.