A System Dynamics Approach to Understanding the Dynamics of the Increase of Health Expenditures Share of GDP in Germany

Ebrahimi, Kasra | 2017

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  1. Type of Document: M.Sc. Thesis
  2. Language: Farsi
  3. Document No: 50394 (44)
  4. University: Sharif University of Technology
  5. Department: Management and Economics
  6. Advisor(s): Mashayekhi, Alinaghi
  7. Abstract:
  8. The main question of this research is this: what mechanisms drive the increase of the share of health costs in GDP in Germany? Answering this question not only improves our understanding about health systems in general, but also is specifically useful for the health system of Iran, since it is experiencing similar trends as the health system of Germany does. Since these mechanisms are complex and the ability of human brain to process several interacting variables simultaneously is low, we need a strong methodology and a tool to overcome this limitation. System thinking as a methodology and system dynamics as its tool help us do so. Using system dynamics, we will develop a computer model which enables us to see the results of the interactions between several variables and link them to the structure that generates these results. Furthermore, we will be able to test various policy suggestions and see the effects of these policies on the system
  9. Keywords:
  10. System Thinking ; System Dynamic ; Modeling ; Health Care Expenditure ; Gross Domestic Product ; Health Expenditures Share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

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