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Dr. Stephen Thomas

Associate Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)


Director Centre for Health Policy & Mgmt (School Office - Medicine)

Steve is the Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Management, Associate Professor and a co-Director of the HRB-funded national SPHERE Programme in Population Health and Health Services Research. He is also the Director of Health Policy and Engagement for the School of Medicine. He has a wealth of international experience in policy oriented research and post-graduate teaching and education in government and academia over the last 23 years. His research interests include health systems evaluation, health financing, health economics and health policy analysis, and workforce planning and motivation. His track record in policy influence is outstanding. Most recently he led the Trinity team in support of the Oireachtas Committee for the Future of Healthcare and its production of Slaintecare. He coordinates the Health Economics and the Health Policy and Systems teaching on various post-graduate programmes. He is responsible for the design and evaluation of the SPHERE PhD programme which has successfully trained over 40 PhD candidates. He collaborates widely with national and international stakeholders in research, policy and education.
  Economics of health service provision   Government Studies   Health Care Economics   Health management   Health status and inequalities   Health Systems Integration   Identification and quantification of health care needs   Political Economics/Economy   Primary care   Public Planning/Policy   Public, private mix network
 Technical Assistance to the Oireachtas Future Healthcare Committee
 Research on Evaluating Quality of Care
 Progressing Universal health Care: Informing Citizens by pooling and disseminating research and generating debate
 Mapping the Pathway to Universal Health Care in Ireland
 Structured Population and Health Research Programme (SPHERE)

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Editorial Board Member: BIOMED Central - Globalisation and Health Oct 06 - Dec 08
Regular reviewer for Health Policy and Planning
Reviewer for BIOMED Central - Health Services Research
Reviewer for Social Science and Medicine
Honorary Editorial Board Member for Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 2004-2007
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Member of the International Health Economics Association 1998
Burke, S, Brugha, R, Thomas, S, The National Treatment Purchase Fund - A success for some patients yet a public policy failure? , Administration. Journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Ireland , 67, (2), 2019, p47 - 69, Notes: [ DOI:], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Burke, S, Brugha, R, Thomas S., It's the economy, stupid! When economics and politics override health policy goals - the case of tax reliefs to build private hospitals in Ireland in the early 2000s, HRB Open Research, 1, (1), 2018, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  Handle
Sara Burke,Sarah Barry,Rikke Siersbaek,Bridget Johnston,Maebh Ní Fhallúin,Steve Thomas, Sláintecare - A ten-year plan to achieve universal healthcare in Ireland, Health Policy, 2018, p1-5 , Journal Article, IN_PRESS  DOI
Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur, Brian Turner, Steve Thomas, Switching benefits and costs in the Irish health insurance market: an analysis of consumer surveys, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Steve Thomas, Sarah Barry, Bridget Johnston, Sara Burke, The Irish health system and the crisis: a case study in the struggle for the capacity of the Social State, Annals of the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 17, (1), 2018, p27 - 36, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Steve Thomas, Sarah Barry, Bridget Johnston, Sara Burke, Ireland's health care system and the crisis: a case study in the struggle for a capable welfare state, Anais do Instituto de Medicina Tropical , 17 (Supplement), (1), 2018, p27 - 36, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Barry SE, Burke S, Boyce M, Eustace-Cook J, Normand C, Thomas S., Implementing Universal Healthcare implies Integrated Care Design - findings from a systematic review of the organisational challenges of implementing UHC policy. , International Journal of Integrated Care. , 17, (5), 2017, ppA477-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur, Brian Turner, Steve Thomas, Addressing Market Segmentation and Incentives for Risk Selection: How Well Does Risk Equalisation in the Irish Private Health Insurance Market Work?, The Economic and Social Review, Vol 48, , (No 1, Spring), 2017, p61 - 84, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sarah Barry, Sara Burke, Ella Tyrrell, Steve Thomas, 'Is someone going to saw off the plank behind me?' - Healthcare managers priorities, challenges and expectations for service delivery and transformation during economic crisis. , Health Systems, Policy and Research, 4, (1), 2017, p1-7 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Des Williams, Steve Thomas, The impact of austerity on the health workforce and the achievement of human resources for health policies in Ireland (2008-2014), BioMed Central Human Resources for Health, 15, (62), 2017, p1-8 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Prof.. Richard Layte, Prof. Miriam Wiley, Dr Jacqueline O'Reilly, Dr Aoife Brick Dr Kathleen Bennett, Ms Maev-Ann Wren, Dr Steve Thomas , Projecting the Impact of Demographic Change on the Demand for and Delivery of Health Care in Ireland, Dublin, ESRI, 2008, Book, PUBLISHED
Stephen Thomas, Charles Normand, Samantha Smith, Tom O'Dowd, A new deal for primary care for the Irish people, Health Manager, (August/September), 2008, p17 - 18, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stephen Thomas, Charles Normand, Samantha Smith, Social Health Insurance: Further Options for Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Adelaide Hospital Society, 2008, Report, PUBLISHED
Irish Independent , (2006), Journal, PUBLISHED
Steve Thomas, International collaboration to stop pandemics, Irish Medical Times, 23, (44), 2006, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Stephen Thomas, Social Health Insurance Scoping Study: An Interim Report, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2006, Report, PUBLISHED
Stephen Thomas, Charles Normand and Samantha Smith, Social Health Insurance: Options for Ireland, Dublin, The Adelaide Hospital Society, November 23rd, 2006, Report, PUBLISHED
Gavin Mooney, Stephen Thomas and Michael Thiede, MESH and the Financing of PHC in South Africa, Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town, 2004, Notes: [Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town and Social and Public Health Research Group, Curtin University.], Book, PUBLISHED
Stephen Thomas and Okore Okorafor, Progress toward equity in the Financing of PHC services in South Africa, Third International Conference of the International Society for Equity in Health (ISEqH), Durban, 2004, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Stephen Thomas, Sandi Mbatsha, Debbie Muirhead and Okore Okorafor, Primary Health Care Financing and Need across Health Districts in South Africa, Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town, 2003, Notes: [Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town and Centre for Health Policy, University of Witwatersrand. Cape Town 2003.], Book, PUBLISHED


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Economics Scholarship, St Peter's College, Oxford October 1987
Fellowship, Institute for International Integration Studies June-July 2004
Health Financing and Universal Health Care; Health Policy Analysis; Human Resource Motivation and Workforce Planning Health System Resilience, Performance and Evaluation