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Dr. Stephen Thomas

Associate Professor (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 and Health and Health Services Research. Prior to moving to Ireland he was the Director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town. Steve did his undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and his Masters degree in Development Economics at Oxford University, before completing his PhD at the University of Cape Town. He has a wealth of international experience in policy oriented research in government and academia. His research interests include health systems evaluation, health financing and health policy analysis, and workforce planning and motivation. Currently, he is leading research into: (1)The viability of Universal Health Insurance in the Irish context; (2) The resilience of the Irish health system in the current economic crisis and compared to other countries in crisis (Portugal, Greece and Spain); (3) Human resources motivation and international migration (4) Workforce planning for the universalisation of care. Steve is also a dynamic and popular teacher. He coordinates the Health Economics and the Health Policy and Systems teaching on the HRB PhD Programme in Health Services Research. In addition, he teaches health economics and policy analysis on TCD's Masters in Global Health and Masters in Health Services Management
  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
 Mapping the Pathway to Universal Health Care in Ireland
 Structured Population and Health Research Programme (SPHERE)
 Appropriate Care in the Appropriate Setting: The Impact of the Health Service Executive Transformation Programme on Utilisation, Patient Experience, Safety and Outcome in Urgent and Emergency Care
 Development of a model to forecast the demand for and supply of GP and practice nurse services
 Public Subsidization of Non-State Health Facilities to Expand Access and Risk- Protection in Malawi

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Regular reviewer for Health Policy and Planning
Editorial Board Member: BIOMED Central - Globalisation and Health Oct 06 - Dec 08
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
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
Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur, Brian Turner, Steve Thomas, Switching insurers in the Irish voluntary health insurance market: determinants, incentives and risk equalization, The European Journal of Health Economics, 17, (7), 2016, p823-831 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Anneliese Arno, Steve Thomas, The efficacy of nudge theory strategies in influencing adult dietary behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMC Public Health, 16, 2016, p676 - 687, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Brugha R, McAleese S, Dicker P, Tyrrell E, Thomas S, Normand C, Humphries N., Passing through - reasons why migrant doctors in Ireland plan to stay, return home or migrate onwards to new destination countries., Human Resources for Health, 14, (Suppl 1), 2016, p45 - 54, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tyrrell E, Keegan C, Humphries N, McAleese S, Thomas S, Normand C, Brugha R., Predictors of career progression and obstacles and opportunities for non-EU hospital doctors to undertake postgraduate training in Ireland., Human Resources for Health, 14, (Suppl 1), 2016, p33 - 43, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Steve Thomas, Tamás Evetovits, Sarah Thomson, Analysis of the Health System in Slovenia: Evaluating Health Financing, Slovenia Health System Review Reports (2016), WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark, WHO, European Observatory and Ministry of Health Slovenia , February , 2016, 1-31, Report, PUBLISHED  URL
Steve Thomas, Sarah Thomson, Tamás Evetovits., Analysis of the Health System in Slovenia: Making sense of complementary health insurance., Slovenia Health System Review Reports (2016), WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark, WHO, European Observatory and Ministry of Health Slovenia , February , 2016, 1-15, Report, PUBLISHED  URL
Niamh Humphries, Sara McAleese, Ella Tyrrell, Steve Thomas, Charles Normand and Ruairi Brugha, Applying a typology of health worker migration to non-EU migrant doctors in Ireland, Human Resources for Health, 13, (52), 2015, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sara Burke, Charles Normand, Sarah Barry, Stephen Thomas, From universal health insurance to universal healthcare? The shifting health policy landscape in Ireland since the economic crisis, Health Policy, 12, 2015, p1-12 , 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
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
Stephen Thomas, James Killingsworth, Institutional Aspects of Health Reforms and Implications for Informal Fee Practices in China and Bangladesh, 4th international Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress: Global Health Economics - Bridging Research and Reforms, San Francisco, 2003, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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Health Financing and Social Health Insurance; Health Policy Analysis; Human Resource Motivation and Workforce Planning Health System Evaluation