Publications

Publications

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Assessing choice for public hospital patients 

Dr Henry Cutler, Dr Yuanyuan Gu and Ms Emma Olin

This report answers the following two important questions.

  • Do Australians want more choice between public hospitals for elective surgery?
  • Would Australians exercise their right to choose a public hospital based on quality vs. convenience?

The report presents an analysis of 1,000 Australians surveyed, which sought information on respondent attitudes towards greater choice. The study also employed a discrete choice experiment (DCE) to estimate the relative value of seven hospital attributes representing convenience, GP and public opinion, and hospital quality.

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Thought Leadership articles

Health budget overview 2017-18 by Dr Henry Cutler

According to Sun Tzu (an ancient Chinese military strategist) ‘the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting’. The 2017-18 Budget has firmed up the coalition party flank against future health care attacks by the Labor government, after the Medi-Scare campaign nearly lost it an election.

The biggest winners are medical practitioners, with the gradual removal of a pause in indexation arrangements for MBS items. Australians also benefit, through greater access to drugs. Additional expenditure will be covered by large savings from drug price reductions, and an increase in the Medicare Levy rate from 2.0 to 2.5 per cent.

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The value of health information by Dr Henry Cutler 

Never has there been so much information so readily available, but despite improvements in information technology, our health system is struggling to maximise its true value. In this paper Dr Henry Cutler, Director of Macquarie’s Centre for the Health Economy looks at why more information doesn’t necessarily translate to better healthcare.

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Overview of the 2016 Federal Health Budget by Dr Henry Cutler

The biggest winner from the federal health budget is the government, while the biggest losers are private providers reliant on the MBS, and aged care providers reliant on ACFI funding. The ability of providers to pass on lost revenue to patients through increased co-payments will ultimately determine whether this budget hurts the hip pockets of Australians.  

Read our overview of this year's health budget

Competition in health and human service by Dr Henry Cutler

Introducing greater competition in health care is appealing. Standard economic theory suggests increased competition can deliver greater choice and improve productivity.  But health care is complex. It is unlike the retail sector where people are relatively well informed and purchases are repeated. Nor does it operate like utilities, where the product is relatively homogenous and the primary objective for operators is efficiency. In this paper Dr Cutler explores the role of Competition Policy in health and human services and its impact on outcomes.

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Journal articles

2017

Ghijben, P., Gu, Y., Lancsar, E., and Zavarsek, S. (2017).  Revealed and stated preferences of decision makers for priority setting in health technology assessment: a systematic review. In press.

Pharmacoeconomics

Wang H., Smyth R. and Cheng, Z. (2017). The economic returns to proficiency in English in China

Chinese Economic Review                       

The INFANT collaborative Group, Schroeder, E. (March 2017). Computerised interpretation of fatal heart rate during labour (INFANT): a randomised controlled trial  

The Lancet        

Ratcliffe, J., Lancaster E., Walker, R. and Gu, Y. (2017). Understanding what matters: an exploratory study to investigate the views of the general public for priority setting criteria in health care

Health Policy

Huang, Y., Guo, F. and Cheng, Z. (2017). Market mechanisms and migrants' settlement intention in urban China

Asian Population Studies

Li, L., Sun, G. and Cheng, Z. (2017). The influence of political skill on salespersons' work outcomes: a resource perspective

Journal of Business Ethics

2016

Wang, H., Cheng, Z. and Smyth, R. (2016). Language and Consumption

China Economic Review​

Cheng, Z., Ingrid Nielsen, Vinod Misha, Russell Smyth and Ben Zhe Wang (2016). The Economics of Wellbeing in China​

Social Indicators Research (Special Issue)​

Sun, G., Wang, W., Cheng, Z., Jie Li and Junhua Chen (2016). The Intermediate Linkage between Materialism and Luxury Consumption: Evidence from the Emerging Market of China​

Social Indicators Research ​

Parkinson, B., Elshaug, AG. Authors’ Reply to Palozzo and Messori: ‘‘Disinvestment and Value-Based Purchasing Strategies for Pharmaceuticals: An International Review’’​

Pharmaco-
economics​

Parkinson, B., Viney, R., Pearson, SA., Haas, M., Goodall, S., Srasuebkul, P., Real World Evidence: a comparison of the Australian Herceptin Program and clinical trials of trastuzumab for metastatic breast cancer​

Pharmaco-economics​

Parkinson, B., Viney, R., Pearson, SA., Haas, M., Goodall, S., Srasuebkul, P., Real World Evidence: a comparison of the Australian Herceptin Program and clinical trials of trastuzumab for metastatic breast cancer​

Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology​

Boyages, J., Xu, Y., Kalfa, S., Koelmeyer. L., Parkinson, B., Mackie, H., Viveros, H., Gollan, P., Taksa, L. The Financial Cost of Lymphedema Borne by Women with Breast Cancer, Psycho-Oncology (accepted with minor revisions).​

Psycho-Oncology​

2015

Wang, B. Z. and Cheng, Z. (2015). Environmental Perceptions, Happiness and Pro-environmental Actions in China​

Social Indicators Research ​

Cheng, Z., Nielsen, I., and Smyth, R.  (2015). Determinants of Wage Arrears and Their Implications for the Socioeconomic Wellbeing of China's Migrant Workers: Evidence from Guangdong Province. In Iredale and Guo (eds.), ​

Handbook of Chinese Migration: Identity and Wellbeing​

Cheng, Z. and Smyth, R.  (2015). Crime Victimization, Neighborhood Safety and Happiness in China. ​

Economic Modelling​

Wang, H., Cheng, Z., and Smyth, R.  (2015), Are Chinese workers compensated for occupational risk?​

Journal of
Industrial Relations​

Cheng, Z. and Smyth, R.  (2015). China's Imbalanced Sex Ratio and Satisfaction with Marital Relations. ​

Journal of Industrial Relations​

Cheng, Z. and Smyth, R. (2015). Why Give it Away When You Need it Yourself? Understanding Public Support for Foreign Aid in China​

Journal of Industrial Relations​

Wang, H., Smyth, R.  and Cheng, Z.  (2015). The Economic Returns to Proficiency in English in China​

Journal of Industrial Relations​

Cheng, Z., King, S. P., Smyth, R. and Wang, H.,  (2015). Housing Property Rights and Subjective Wellbeing in Urban China​

Journal of Industrial Relations​

Books, book chapters and reviews

Books

 

2014​

Wang, M., Cheng, Z., Zhang, P., Tong, L. and Ma, Y.  (2014).  Old Industrial Cities Seeking New Road of Re-Industrialisation: Models of Revitalizing Northeast China. Singapore: World Scientific. [Publisher Tier – 1]​

Cheng, Z., Wang, M. and Chen, J., (eds.) (2014).  Urban China in the New Era: Market Reforms, Current State, and the Road Forward. Berlin and New York: Springer. [Publisher Tier – 1]​

Book Chapters​

2015​

Guo, F., Cheng, Z., Hugo, G. and Gao, W.  (2014). Wages and Employment Status of China's Migrant Workers. In Wang, Kee and Gao (eds.), Transforming Chinese Cities, 95-112. London: Routledge.​

2014​

Guo, F., Cheng, Z., Hugo, G. and Gao, W. (2014). Wages and Employment Status of China's Migrant Workers. In Wang, Kee and Gao (eds.), Transforming Chinese Cities, 95-112. London: Routledge.​

Cheng, Z.  (2014). The New Generation of Migrant Workers in Urban China. In Cheng, Wang and Chen (eds.), Urban China in the New Era: Market Reforms, Current State, and the Road Forward, 125-153. New York: Springer. ​

Cheng, Z., Wang, H. and Chen, Y.  (2014). Labour Contract, Trade Union Membership, and Workplace Relations: A Study of Migrant Workers in Guangdong Province, China. In Hao and Chen (eds.), Social Issues in China: Gender, Ethnicity, Labor, and the Environment, 183-206. New York: Springer.​

Book Reviews​

​2015

Cheng, Z.  (2015). Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Political Studies Review. [ERA: B; IF: 1.286; JCR: 37/157 (Political Science)]​

Consultancy reports

2015

Consumer behaviour fact book
In conjunction with the industry body for over-the-counter-medicines, MUCHE undertook a study to better understand consumers’ use and attitudes towards OTC medicines, vitamins, minerals & supplements, and the down scheduling of certain prescription medications.

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Australian Self Medication Industry

2014

The Value Study      
MUCHE undertook a study to quantify the savings made to the Australian healthcare system from the use of over-the-counter-medicines (OTC). The study surveyed 1,146 Australians over the age of 18 years regarding their attitudes towards OTC and prescribed medications within eight common categories and calculated the cost should respondents have to visit the doctor to obtain a script.

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Australian Self   Medication Industry

Conferences and poster presentations

2017

Gumbie, M.  Should oral contraceptive pills be available over the counter?

The 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference, Gold Coast, Australia
Parkinson, B., Gumbie, M. To down-schedule, or not to down-schedule, triptans in Australia?

The 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, September 21-22,  2017,  Sydney, Australia​

Gu, Y., Cutler, H., Olin, E. Will public hospital patients choose a better quality hospital given the choice? A discreet choice experiment

The 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, September 21-22, 2017,  Sydney, Australia​

Gumbie, M., Cutler, H., Parkinson, B. Should oral contraceptives be available over-the-counter?

The 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, September 21-22, 2017,  Sydney, Australia​

Olin, E., Cutler, H., Gu, Y. The potential use of quality information when choosing between public hospitals for surgery.  The impact of health literacy

The 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, September 21-22, 2017,  Sydney, Australia​

Cutler, H. The use and usefulness of outcomes based funding for hospitals

The 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, September 21-22, 2017,  Sydney, Australia​

Gu, Y. Priority setting in HTA: Preferences of decision makersInternational Health Economics Association, 8-11 July, 2017, Boston, USA
Gumbie, M,. Cutler, H., Parkinson, B. Framework for oral contraceptive Rx to OTC switch in AustraliaInternational Health Economics Association, 8-11 July, 2017, Boston, USA

Cutler, H., Gu, Y., Olin, E. The potential use of quality information when choosing between public hospitals for surgery.  The impact of health literacy

International Health Economics Association, 8-11 July, 2017, Boston, USA
Cutler, H., Gu, Y., Olin, E. Will public hospital patients choose a better quality hospital given the choice?International Health Economics Association, 8-11 July, 2017, Boston, USA

Gumbie, M., Olin, E., Gu, Y., and Cutler, H., Protocol for the Evaluation of an Outcomes Based Care for Vulnerable Older People  

17th International Conference on Integrated Care, 8 May 2017, Dublin, Ireland

Bilgrami, A. The potential impacts of private health insurance reforms on membership and policy downgrading​8th Australasian workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics, 1-3 May 2017, Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach, Queensland

Lancsar, E., Gu, Y., Gyrd-Hansen, D., Butler, J., Ratcliffe, J., Bulfone, L., and Donaldson, C., "General public preferences and weights for priority setting in health care resource allocation"

Values in Priority Setting Workshop: Report and Discussion of the NHMRC VIP Project,Melbourne

Gu, Y., Lancsar, E., Ghijben, P., Butler, J., and Donaldson, C., "Attributes and weights in health care priority setting: a systematic review of what counts and to what extent"

Values in Priority Setting Workshop: Report and Discussion of the NHMRC VIP Project,Melbourne

2016

Parkinson, B., Viney, R., Haas, M., Goodall, S., Real-world observational data in cost-effectiveness analyses: Herceptin as a case study​

ISPOR Australian Chapter Contemporary Economic Modelling Workshop​

Ariyaratne TV, Ademi Z, Huq M, Duffy SJ, Billah B, Rosenfeldt F, Parkinson B, Yap CH, Yan BP, Smith J, Brennan A, Tran L, Reid CM, The Real-World Cost-effectiveness of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Versus Stenting in High-risk Patients: Propensity Score Analysis of a Single Centre Experience​

ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting, May 21-25 2016, Washington DC​

Parkinson B, Sermet C, Clement F, Crausaz S, Godman B, Garner S, Choudhury M, Pearson SA, Viney R, Lopert R, Elshaug AG. ‘‘Disinvestment and Value-Based Purchasing Strategies for Pharmaceuticals: An International Review’’ ​

National Medicines Symposium​

Wang, H., Cheng, Z. and Smyth, R.  (2016). Language and Consumption​

The Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, Japan​

V. Mumford, D. Greenfield, B. Parkinson, J. Braithwaite. Do the benefits of accreditation outweigh the costs? A case study approach to evaluate what it would take for accreditation to be cost-effective.​

33rd ISQua Conference 2016, 16-19th October, Tokyo​

Parkinson B, Brown, P, Sherman K. Cost-effectiveness of a decision aid for breast reconstruction after surgery​

International Congress on Behavioural Medicine, December 2016, Melbourne​

Parkinson B, Brown P, Boyages J, Cameron L, Elder E, Lam T, Shaw LK, Sherman K. Cost-effectiveness of a decision aid for breast reconstruction​

The 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Mon 26th - Tue 27th September 2016,  Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia​

V. Mumford, D. Greenfield, B. Parkinson, J. Braithwaite. Do the benefits of accreditation outweigh the costs? A case study approach to evaluate what it would take for accreditation to be cost-effective.​

The 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Mon 26th - Tue 27th September 2016,  Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia​

Schroeder, L. A systematic literature review of the economic impacts of suicide, suicide attempt and suicide prevention​

The 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Mon 26th - Tue 27th September 2016,  Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia​

Bilgrami, A. The potential impacts of private health insurance reforms on membership and policy downgrading​

The 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Mon 26th - Tue 27th September 2016,  Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia​

Cheng, Z. Cutler, H. Migration and Subjective Wellbeing in Australian Aged Care Workforce​

The 38th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Mon 26th - Tue 27th September 2016,  Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Perth, Australia​

Industry presentations

2017

Parkinson, B. Health Economic Framework to Inform Prescription to OTC SwitchWorld Self Medication General Assembly 2017

Cutler, H. Analysing data: Fast and slow

Revisiting Whitlam’s Vision for Health: Economists, Data and Efficiency
Cutler, H., Gu, Y.  Competition Policy - Choice in Public HospitalsThe Australian Productivity Commission                             
Cutler, H. Improving the patient experienceInforma

2016

Cutler, H.  The value of health technologies​

Medtech, Medical Technology Association of Australia​

Cutler, H.  The economics of health technology. Some surgery required.​

Medtech, Medical Technology Association of Australia​

Cutler, H.  How do we evaluate systems in health care?​

New Horizons Conference, Northern Sydney Academic Health Sciences Centre​

Cutler, H. Competition in health and human services ​

MUCHE​

Cutler, H.  Economic evaluation of hearing devices. Some surgery required.​

Cochlear Global Symposium​

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