Prof Bernard Van den Berg

Prof Bernard Van den Berg

Professor of Health Economics


Professor Bernard Van den Berg
Professor of Health Economics

Phone:+612 850 2981

Research Interests
Valuing health and non-health outcomes
Econometric analysis of health care panel data
Evaluation of health care provider quality


Professor van den Berg is a Professor of Health Economics at Macquarie University and is affiliated with the Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy and the Department of Economics. Previously Bernard was Professor of Health Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Bernard holds a MSc in Social and Institutional Economics from Utrecht University and a PhD in Health Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was previously employed in the Centre for Health Economics of University of York (United Kingdom), the Department of Health Sciences of the VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation of the University of Technology Sydney (Australia). Bernard had also a visiting position at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona in Spain: the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and the Centre for Research in Health and Economics.

Bernard has explored how to measure health care providers’ performances using multidimensional quality and cost indicators as well as using hospital data on patient satisfaction. He also developed a survey methodology to attribute a monetary value to patients’ time and tested the method on patients receiving radiotherapy in a Dutch hospital.

His recent research includes conceptualising and applied econometric analysis of provider and managed competition in health care as well as the health insurance market. He is also interested the economic impact of alternative strategies to purchase or contract health and long term care like pay for performance. Bernard also develops and refines methods to value the benefits of health care consumption like e.g. the monetary value of health, quality adjusted life years and subjective wellbeing.

Publications and reports

Van den Berg, B., Gafni, A., Portrait, F.R.M. Attributing a monetary value to patients' time: A contingent valuation approach. Social Science and Medicine 2017; 179: 182-190.

Rowland, C., Hanratty, B., Pilling, M., Van den Berg, B., Grande, G. The contributions of family care-giving at end-of-life: a national post-bereavement census survey of cancer carers’ hours of care and expenditures. Palliative Medicine 2017; 31: 346-355.

Van Dongen, J.M., Van den Berg, B., Bekkering, G.E., M.W. van Tulder, R.W.J.G. Ostelo. Patient versus general population health state valuations: a case study of non-specific low back pain. Quality of Life Research 2017; 26: 1627-1633.

Chiwaula, L.S., Revill, P., Ford, D., Nkhata, M., Mabugu, T., Hakim, J., Kityo, C., Chan, A., Cataldo, F., Gibb, D., Van den Berg, B. Measuring and valuing informal care for economic evaluations of HIV/AIDS interventions: methods and application in Malawi. Value in Health Regional Issues 2016; 10: 73-78.

Portrait, F.R.M., Van der Galiën, O., Van den Berg, B. Measuring healthcare providers' performances within managed competition using multidimensional quality and cost indicators. Health Economics 2016; 4: 408-423.

Portrait, F.R.M., Bakker, M., Slotman, B., Gafni, A., Van den Berg, B., How do patients receiving radiotherapy in a Dutch hospital value their time? A contingent valuation study. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice 2015; 14: 152-161.

Van den Berg, B., Fiebig, D.G., Hall, J., Well-being losses due to care-giving. Journal of Health Economics 2014; 35: 123-131.

Victoor, A., Hansen, J., Van den Akker-van Marle, M.E., Van den Berg, B., Van den Hout, W.B. & De Jong, J. Choosing your health insurance package: A method for measuring the public's preferences for changes in the national health insurance plan. Health Policy 2014; 117(2): 257-265.

Weatherly H,Faria R, Van den Berg B., Valuing informal care for economic evaluation. In: Culyer AJ (ed.) Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol 1. San Diego: Elsevier; 2014: 459- 467.

Van Dijk, C.E., Van den Berg, B., Verheij, R.A., Spreeuwenberg, P., Groenewegen, P.P., Bakker, D.H., Moral hazard and supplier‐induced demand: Empirical evidence in general practice. Health Economics 2013; 22: 340-352.

Mabugu, T., Revill, P., Van den Berg, B. The methodological challenges for the estimation of quality of life in children for use in economic evaluation in low-income countries. Value in Health Regional Issues 2013; 2: 231-239.

Bes, R., Van den Berg, B., Ranking sources of hospital quality information for orthopedic surgery patients: Consequences for the system of managed competition. The Patient 2013; 6(2): 75-80.

Norman, R., Church, J., Van den Berg, B., Goodall, S. Australian health-related quality of life population norms derived from the SF-6D. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2013; 37: 17-23.

Van den Berg, B., Gafni, A., Portrait, F.R.M., Attributing a monetary value to patients’ time: A contingent valuation approach. Centre for Health Economics, University of York; CHE Research Paper 90; 2013.

Wasi, N., Van den Berg, B., Buchmueller, T.C., Heterogeneous effects of child disability on maternal labor supply: Evidence from the 2000 US Census. Labour Economics 2012; 19(1): 139-154.

Van den Berg, B., 2012. SF‐6D population norms. Health Economics 2012: 1508-1512.

Costa-Font, J., Karlsson, M., Van den Berg, B., Redesigning long-term are finance and delivery. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 2012; 34(2): 215-219.

Van der Star, S.M., Van den Berg, B., Individual responsibility and health-risk behaviour: A contingent valuation study from the ex ante societal perspective. Health Policy 2011; 101(3): 300-311.

Powdthavee, N., Van den Berg, B., Putting different price tags on the same health condition: Re-evaluating the well-being valuation approach. Journal of Health Economics 2011; 30(5): 1032-1104.

Schut, F.T., Van den Berg, B., Sustainability of comprehensive universal long-term care insurance in the Netherlands. Social Policy and Administration 2010; 44: 411-435.

Meijer C.A.M., de Brouwer W.B.F., Koopmanschap M.A., Van den Berg B., Van Exel N.J.A., The value of informal care: A further investigation of the feasibility of contingent valuation in informal caregivers. Health Economics 2010;19:755-771.

Hekkert, K.D., Cihangir, S. Kleefstra, S.M., Van den Berg, B., Kool, R.B. Patient satisfaction revisited: A multilevel approach. Social Science and Medicine 2009; 69: 68-75.

Riewpaiboon, A., Riewpaiboon, W., Ponsoongnern, K., Van den Berg, B., Economic valuation of informal care in Asia: A case study of care for disabled stroke survivors in Thailand. Social Science and Medicine 2009; 69: 648-653.

Van den Berg, B., Hassink, W.H.J., Cash benefits in long-term home care. Health Policy 2008; 88: 209-221.

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