Jan Abel Olsen

Jan Abel Olsen is a Professor of health economics and Chair of the health services research unit at the Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway and an adjunct professor at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Australia.

Jan Abel has been visiting professor at Bocconi University, Italy, and adjunct professor of health economics at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has spent his sabbaticals at the London School of Economics, the University of York, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as well as Monash University in Melbourne. He has taught health economics at universities in four continents of the world. Jan Abel has published extensively in the leading health economics journals. His eclectic research interests include: valuation of health outcomes (QALYs and WTP), equality and fairness, social determinants of health, health care financing, and international health. He enjoys teaching and has written three books in health economics.

His latest book Principles in Health Economics and Policy provides a concise introduction to health economics and its application to health policy. It introduces the subject of economics, explains the fundamental failures in the market for health care, and discusses the concepts of equity and fairness when applied to health and health care. The book explores four key questions facing health policy-makers across the globe, such as:

  • How should society intervene in the determinants that affect health?
  • How should health care be financed?
  • How should health care providers be paid?
  • How should alternative health care programmes be evaluated when setting priorities?

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