Economics and Health Policy


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit 

Develop students'''''''' ability to acquire, interpret and apply economics to health care.

From the information available or generated to analyze the past and current performance of the NHS, in a political economics perspective, identifying gaps and dysfunctions of effectiveness, equity, quality and distinguishing alternatives for change in each sector and activity.

To stimulate the ability to analyze, criticize, identify and select alternatives as well as train the participants in the careful preparation of measures to implement changes.

To reflect on how to incorporate ideas, methods and results of health economics in the management of health services in everyday practice.

To identify and recognize the relative role of the stakeholders, their motivations and locks, identifying the necessary actions to redirect their energies to a reinvigoration of the NHS oriented exclusively for public interest 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Cláudia Furtado


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 38

Teaching language



Available soon



Barros, P.P., Machado, S.R. e Simões, J.A. (2011), Portugal, Health System Review, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Health Systems in Transition, vol 13, Nº 4.

Campos, A.C. (2008) Reformas da Saúde, o Fio Condutor, Livraria Almedina, Coimbra

Campos, A. e Ramos, F. (2005) Contas e Ganhos na Saúde em Portugal, Dez anos de Percurso, Desafios para Portugal, Seminários da Presidência da República, Casa das Letras, (159-223)

Simões, J. (2010) 30 Anos do Serviço Nacional de Saúde: Um Percurso Comentado. Almedina, Coimbra.

Simões, J., P.P. Barros e J. Pereira, J. (2008) A Sustentabilidade Financeira do SNS. Ministério da Saúde, Lisboa. 

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation)

The teaching methodology is varied and seeks to promote an active and participatory learning. Reading of fundamental texts is required and discussion of topics or exercises occurs regularly.

All the sessions will begin with a presentation by a teacher, followed by a discussion of topics related to the subject under examination where students are encouraged to intervene.

Assessment of commitment and participation (30%), made through observation of student participation and discussion of topics in sessions.

6 short individual assignments (max 4000 characters) about topics suggested by the teacher. 

Evaluation method

Available soon

Subject matter


Introduction: policy and health care reform;


Pharmaceutical industry;

Medicines (INFARMED);

Financing of health care providers (ACSS);

Morbidity profile (DGS);

Hospital’s management (public vs private);

Patients’ associations;

Primary health care;

Long term care;


Health insurance;

Health subsystems;

Health policy.