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College Photo Name Thomas, Stephen David
Main Department School Office - Medicine
College Title Associate Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3880
Steve is an Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management 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
Details Date
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
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Member of the International Health Economics Association 1998
Description of Research Interests
Health Financing and Social Health Insurance; Health Policy Analysis; Human Resource Motivation and Workforce Planning Health System Evaluation
Research Interests
Economics of health service provision Government Studies Health Care Economics Health Systems Integration
Health management Health status and inequalities Identification and quantification of health care needs Political Economics/Economy
Primary care Public Planning/Policy Public, private mix network
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Steve Thomas, Conor Keegan , Sarah Barry , Richard Layte, Matt Jowett and Charles Normand, A framework for assessing health system resilience in an economic crisis: Ireland as a test case, BMC Health Services Research, 13, (450), 2013, p1-8
Introduction: Health Sector Reform in Africa and its impact on sexual and reproductive health services. in, Health Reform and Reproductive Health in Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, The Initiative for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Health reform, 2005, [Stephen Thomas]
Steve Thomas and Michael Thiede, Globalisation, Health Policy and the Exercise of Power A Second Opinion on Gilbert and Gilbert (2004), Health Policy, 72, (3), 2005, p261 - 264
Stephen Thomas and Lucy Gilson, Actor Management in the Development of Health Financing Reform: Health Insurance in South Africa, 1994-1999, Health Policy and Planning, 19, (5), 2004, p279 - 291
Di McIntyre, Stephen Thomas and Susan Cleary, Globalisation and Health Policy in South Africa, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 3, (1-2), 2004, p131 - 152
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