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Special Issue "Global Health Economics"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luke Connelly
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Guest Editor
Centre for the Business and Economics of Health,University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia
Interests: health economics; insurance economics
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Prof. Dr. Ulf Gerdtham
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Guest Editor
Lund University, Department of Economics and Department of Medicine, Lund, Sweden; and Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö, Sweden

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) has commissioned a Special Issue on “Health Economics”.

This focus of this Special Issue is on health economics. Authors of manuscripts that address important economic aspects of environmental research and public health are particularly encouraged to submit their work for consideration.

The Special Issue is focused on economic studies of phenomena that affect health, including but not limited to:

  • Public policy and regulatory provisions in health sector markets;
  • Public policy and regulatory provisions in other markets that may affect health (e.g., in respect of insurance markets, food standards, environmental pollution, public safety initiatives, and so on);
  • Consumer and producer behaviour in health sector markets;
  • Consumer and producer behaviour in other markets that affect health;
  • Genetic testing, genomics, and economics;
  • Health risk assessment and management;
  • Environmental health and diseases;
  • The effect of incentives on the behaviour of producers and consumers;
  • Problems of market structure and competition;
  • Problems of information;
  • Externalities;
  • Public goods.

Prof. Luke Connelly
Prof. Ulf Gerdtham
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • economics
  • regulation
  • health
  • consumer behaviour
  • producer behaviour
  • market outcomes
  • public policy
  • risk
  • insurance
  • market failure
  • government failure
  • information
  • market structure
  • externalities
  • public goods
  • competition

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Modeling the Pathways of Knowledge Management Towards Social and Economic Outcomes of Health Organizations
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(7), 1114; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16071114 - 28 Mar 2019
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Despite the increasing emphasis placed on knowledge management (KM) by the business sector and the common belief that creating, acquiring, sharing, and the use of knowledge enable individuals, teams, and communities to achieve superior performance, within the healthcare context, there is still room [...] Read more.
Despite the increasing emphasis placed on knowledge management (KM) by the business sector and the common belief that creating, acquiring, sharing, and the use of knowledge enable individuals, teams, and communities to achieve superior performance, within the healthcare context, there is still room from improvements from both the theoretical and empirical perspectives. The purpose of this paper is to outline the contribution of KM process to the social- and economic-related outcomes in the context of health organizations. Given the theoretical approach on the considered concepts and their relationships, a conceptual model and seven research hypotheses were proposed. The empirical data were provided by a cross-sectional investigation including 459 medical and nonmedical employees of Romanian heath organizations, selected by a mixed method sampling procedure. A partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) approach was selected to provide information on the relevance and significance of the first- and second-order constructs, test the hypotheses, and conduct an importance performance matrix analysis. The PLS-SEM estimation showed positive and significant relationships between KM process and quality of healthcare, and organizational-level social and economic outcomes. Moreover, the research results provided evidences for the complex complementary mediation of the quality of healthcare and social-related outcomes on the relationships between KM process and social and economic outcomes. The theoretical and managerial implications are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided at the end of the paper. Full article
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The Policy Effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the Digital Public Health Sector in the European Union: An Empirical Investigation
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 1070; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16061070 - 25 Mar 2019
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The rapid development of digital health poses a critical challenge to the personal health data protection of patients. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) works in this context; it was passed in April 2016 and came into force in May [...] Read more.
The rapid development of digital health poses a critical challenge to the personal health data protection of patients. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) works in this context; it was passed in April 2016 and came into force in May 2018 across the European Union. This study is the first attempt to test the effectiveness of this legal reform for personal health data protection. Using the difference-in-difference (DID) approach, this study empirically examines the policy influence of the GDPR on the financial performance of hospitals across the European Union. Results show that hospitals with the digital health service suffered from financial distress after the GDPR was published in 2016. This reveals that during the transition period (2016–2018), hospitals across the European Union indeed made costly adjustments to meet the requirements of personal health data protection introduced by this new regulation, and thus inevitably suffered a policy shock to their financial performance in the short term. The implementation of GDPR may have achieved preliminary success. Full article
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