OHE Publications

OHE releases a number of publications throughout the year, authored by OHE team members and/or outside experts. All are free for download as pdf files; hard copies of some publications are available upon request.

A description of the OHE publications categories.


Baines, D., Tolley, K. and Whynes, D.

Series on Health
October 1997

In April 1991, a radical programme of public health care reform was introduced by the Conservative Government. The avowed intention of the programme was to improve the overall quality of health care whilst simultaneously moderating the growth in costs. Within the general reform package, prescribing in general practice was a particular focus of attention.

Tudor Edwards, R.

August 1997

Much has been written over the last 40 years bemoaning the state of NHS waiting lists. Contributions to this literature have come from diverse fields; from epidemiologists, surgeons, statisticians, operations researchers, managers and social scientists (Pope, 1990) (Mullen, 1993), (Yates, 1987).

Sackett, D.L.

August 1996

In this OHE lecture Professor Sackett sets out a compelling case for evidence-based medicine to be at the core of a comprehensive, tax-funded NHS that enjoys the confidence of the whole population. He also sets out his personal view as to how the conflict between a doctor's responsibilities to each individual patient and to society can be minimised and managed, but not eliminated.

Ryan, M.

April 1996

The idea that clients or users of public services might legitimately have opinions about how they should be delivered is a relatively new one in the United Kingdom, where producers' views have dominated decisions about how things should be done. This tendency can be observed not only in health care, but also in other public services such as education, the provision of social security benefits, policing, and the criminal justice system. Such neglect of users' views is predictable where services are provided (often for excellent reasons) in a non-market context.

Griffin, J. ed.

January 1996

The chapters in this book are based on the contributions to a conference organised by the Office of Health Economics and held at the Zoological Society of London on 13 September 1995. The various contributions, from many distinguished authors from the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States highlight many aspects of the international debate about the future of primary care.

Baumol, W.J.

September 1995

The seemingly inexorable rise in real health care costs (i.e. over and above the rate of inflation) has been a cause of great concern to governments throughout the world. Few economists in the world are better qualified than William Baumol to help us understand what is driving up real cost and how we can design a health care system that enables us to live with these cost increases.

Jones, A. and Duncan, A.

January 1995

The subject of earmarked or hypothecated taxes dropped out of the mainstream of public finance theory a great many years ago. It is doubtful whether many of today' s economists learnt anything about it in either their undergraduate or graduate days. The reason was that economists concentrated on such principles of taxation as who benefits or who can afford to pay for a given level of public expenditure. The latter question was determined either within the theory of public goods and externalities or as part of an analysis of improvements in the distribution of income.

Griffin, J. ed.

January 1995

This book contains the proceedings of a conference held by the Office of Health on 30 November 1994, the Office of Health Economics held a conference entitled 'Health Information and the Consumer' chaired by Lord Peston. The idea for the conference developed out of the results of a survey conducted on behalf of the OHE by Milpro to ascertain where people obtained their health information and what impact it had on their lifestyles and attitudes to health matters.

Towse, A. ed.

January 1995

There is little doubt that throughout the world there is a growing concern about health services and the provision of health care. It is of interest that the worry seems to be independent of the precise structure of health services, the form of provision, and how it is paid for. This suggests two things. One is that the causes of the problem (or problems) are fundamental, and are not entirely, or mainly attributable, to the precise position in any individual country. The second is that each country may have something to learn from the others.

Hall, M.

November 1994

Recent decades have seen a significant improvement in the health status of citizens in Western Europe and the USA. This is evident from death rate statistics which fell in the USA from 10.6 to 5.4/1000 between 1940 and 1990, from improvements in life expectancy, and from the near elimination of the acute conditions which were the major public health concern early this century. This progress has arisen from a combination of public health measures, improved health education, preventative medicine, screening programmes and advances in treatment.