Assessment of knowledge of Health Economics among Medical professionals: A study in Jimma University Medical school, Ethiopia.
Devi Nair1, Kora Tushune2
1Research scholar Monash University Australia & Asst. Professor in Health Economics, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Jimma university, Ethiopia, 2 Msc Health Policy and Economics, Research fellow, Antwerp,
Belgium & Associate professor, Health Policy and Economics, College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Jimma university, Ethiopia
Introduction: Health is a fundamental human right and integral to human-well being. Health and economy of a nation is always interrelated. Health economics is the sub-discipline of economics dealing with the issues of scarcity of res
ources, opportunity cost, prioritization and choice in health sector. Even though this field of specialization is gaining its importance all over the world, not included in the medical curriculum of many developing countries and knowledge of health economics among health professionals are limited.
Objective: to assess the extent of knowledge and awareness on health economics and economic evaluation techniques among medical doctors, Ethiopia.
Methods: qualitative explorative study. Information collected through interviews with randomly selected 25 medical professionals from Jimma University specialized hospital.
Results: out of 25 respondents nobody has any academic exposure on health economics and related concepts at undergraduate/ postgraduate level. Medical professionals who are holding administrative positions also never got the chance of getting trained in this field. 28% of the respondents heard about economic evaluation techniques and 88% of them believe that application of health economic techniques will improve the performance of health care delivery system of Ethiopia.
Conclusion:Medical curriculum should be updated according to the need and health economics should be included. Health professionals and policy makers must familiarize the ways to all ocate valuable resources in an effective manner. Medical educators must therefore adapt their curricula to teach future physicians the skills for practicing medicine in an evolving health care environment especially in the context of poor resource settings.