Policy in the Pub: Economics of the Medical Workforce
From: Wednesday August 21, 2019, 5:30 pm
To: Wednesday August 21, 2019, 6:30 pm
The Economics of the Medical Workforce
The medical workforce plays a crucial role in delivering high-value healthcare. The care doctors provide drives costs of health and health outcomes an influences the provision of effective treatment and medical innovations, which can save lives and reduce chronic disease. However, the complexities of the system do not always support the medical workforce in meeting population needs. Against a background of changing patterns of disease and multiple morbidities, increasing concern about low-value care and waste, and increasing patient expectations and technological change, the medical workforce will need to adapt now in order to provide improved, value-based and more accessible healthcare in the future.
About our speaker
Professor Anthony Scott leads the Health and Healthcare research theme at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research at The University of Melbourne. He is the President of the Australian Health Economics Society, a member of the Board of the International Health Economics Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has been an ARC Future Fellow and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. Tony’s research interests focus on the behaviour of physicians, health workforce, incentives and performance, primary care, and hospitals. He has undertaken work for the World Bank, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, and the Commonwealth and State Departments of Health. He leads the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment of Life panel survey of 10,000 doctors, and is a research lead Investigator on the NHMRC Partnership Centre on Health System Sustainability.
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