AØKK08322U  Seminar: Financing of the health care sector (F)

Volume 2017/2018

MSc programme in Economics

The seminar is primarily for students at the MSc of Economics

The seminar is a part of the Financial line signified with (F)


Enabling the student to

  • understand the theory behind various health economic disciplines,
  • use relevant scientific articles,
  • apply an international perspective to health economic challenges,
  • understand both the theory and practice behind pricing of medicine.

Main focus is

  • the financing and structure of the medical, primary and secondary health care sector
  • demand- and supply-side and problems related to individual, hospital, municipal, regional, state and societal perspective decision making.
Learning Outcome

Ex. on topics:

Primary sector e.g.:

Should user fees be implemented for services that are currently free of charge in General Practice?

Secondary sector e.g.:

Analysis of the financing and incitement structure in the Danish health care sector.

Alternative financing methods of the health care systems, e.g. use of Medical Savings Accounts.

Medical sector e.g.:

Reimbursement and pricing of pharmaceuticals in Denmark. Decision-makers and influencers.

Health Technology Assessment and its use in reimbursement decisions.

Trade channels for market entry.

Reimbursement systems.

Pricing structure, trends and development.

The cost structure of research-based pharmaceuticals and reasons for price regulation.

Types of price regulation and their consequences.

More general topics e.g.

’Health insurances’ (based on a Danish perspective with focus on e.g. moral hazard);

’Access to health and health care services’;

’Lifestyle models’ (Grossman);

’Financing of health care systems in an international perspective’.

  • Morris S., Devlin N., Parkin D. and Spencer A. ((2012). Economic Analysis in Health Care. Wiley, 2. ed. Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 13. ISBN: 9781119951490

  • Zweifel, P., Breyer, F. and Kifmann, M. (2009). Health Economics. Springer, 2. ed. Chapters 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13. ISBN: 978-3-540-27804-7

  • Handouts, slideshows and articles
The student should have a basic knowledge of or interest in health economics…
Kich-off meeting, research and writing process of the seminar paper, sessions with presentation of own paper and critical evaluation/feedback to another student´s paper, actively participating in discussions at class.

Before the session a "so-finalized-as-possible"-draft of the paper must be uploaded in Absalon. After the presentations, the student submit an edited version of the paper in the Digital Exam portal as the final exam paper. The aim is that students use the presentation sessions as an opportunity to receive and use the constructive feedback to improve the paper.

Programme: Wednesdays 8:15-10:00 starting from February 7, 2018
February 7: Intro, presentation of participants and of idea catalogue to thesis subjects.
February 14: NO CLASS.
February 21: Participants presentation of project titles and ideas. Discussions and feedback. Working process initiated.
February 28: 1. Hour. Presenting titles, agreeing on which day who gives their presentation and who is moderator for who. 2. Hour. Presentation of curriculum by associate professor Niels S. Zeeberg
March 7: Questions and supervision of students.
March 14: NO CLASS. Writing process.
March 21: NO CLASS. Writing process.
March 28: NO CLASS. Writing process.
April 4: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 1, 2, 3 and 4.
April 11: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 5, 6, 7 and 8.
April 18: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 9, 10, 11 and 12.
April 25: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 13, 14, 15 and 16.
May 2: Presentation and critical evaluation of student 17, 18, 19 and 20.
May 9: Extra day for presentations (cancelled or delayed). And/or supervision of students.
May 16: Supervision of students.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
- a seminar paper in English that meets the formal requirements for written papers stated in the curriculum and at KUNet for seminars.
Exam registration requirements

Attendance in all activities at the seminar as stated in the formal requrements in the Curriculum and at the  KUnet for seminars (UK) and Kunet for seminars (DK) is required to participate in the exam.


All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period

Deadline for uploading the final seminar paper to DE: 1st of June 2018 before 10:00 AM


Exam information:

For enrolled students more information about examination, rules, exam schedule etc. is available at the intranet for  master students (UK) and  master students (DK)



The reexam is a written paper as stated in the  Master curriculum and at the KUnet for seminars for  master students (UK) and master students (DK). 


Exam information:

For enrolled students more information about re-examination, rules, re-exam schedule etc. is available at the intranet for  master students (UK) and  master students (DK)

Criteria for exam assesment

Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the seminar and the objectives stated in the Curriculum.

To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 20
  • Preparation
  • 186
  • Total
  • 206