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. 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. This talk will discuss trends in the medical practitioner workforce, and implications of the increase in the number of doctors and changes in workforce composition for several key areas: the extent and nature of competition in the medical sector; doctors’ earnings; the role of the private sector; and technological change, data and information.

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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