Igor Francetic

Igor Francetic
The University of Manchester · Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE)

Ph.D.
{Applied ∪ Health} ⊂ Econ

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Introduction
I’m an Applied Economist working on Health and Healthcare. I am interested in various topics, including: [health] policy evaluation, cancer screening and early detection, analysis of spillover effects in health[care], inequalities and inequities in emergency care, selection, distribution and impacts of mental health services, and moral hazard in health insurance, the economics of health systems governance (focus on primary healthcare provision in LMICs), and development [health] economics.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - February 2020
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Position
  • Doctoral Fellow
September 2013 - August 2016
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Position
  • Teaching and Research Assistant
Education
September 2016 - December 2019
University of Basel
Field of study
  • Public Health, Health Economics
September 2012 - March 2016
University of Lausanne
Field of study
  • Economics
September 2011 - September 2012
University of Lugano
Field of study
  • Economics

Publications

Publications (19)
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Health behaviours depend upon preferences and individuals’ assessments of the long-term costs and benefits to themselves and others. We investigate family spillovers by examining couple concordance in uptake of bowel cancer screening using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. We exploit the sharp age cut-off for screening programme eligibility...
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Selection on moral hazard represents the tendency to select a specific health insurance coverage depending on the heterogeneity in utilization "slopes". I explore the extent of selection on moral hazard in the Swiss managed competition system. I use data from the Swiss Household Panel and from publicly available regulatory data. I estimate a Roy-ty...
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In publicly-funded healthcare systems, waiting times for care should be based on need rather than ability to pay. Studies have shown individuals with lower socioeconomic status face longer waits for planned inpatient care, but there is little evidence on inequalities in waiting times for emergency care. We study waiting times in emergency departmen...
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Background Increasing the employment of staff with new clinical roles in primary care has been proposed as a solution to the shortages of GPs and nurses. However, evidence of the impacts this has on practice outcomes is limited. We examine how outcomes changed following changes in skill-mix in general practices in England. Methods We obtained annu...
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Background General practices have had difficulty recruiting and retaining enough general practitioners to keep up with increasing demand for primary health care in recent years. Proposals to increase workforce capacity include a policy-driven strategy to employ additional numbers and a wider range of health professionals. Objectives Our objective...
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Background: There is increasing awareness among researchers and policymakers of the potential for healthcare interventions to have consequences beyond those initially intended. These unintended consequences or "spillover effects" result from the complex features of healthcare organisation and delivery and can either increase or decrease overall eff...
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Background: The diversification of types of staff delivering primary care may affect professional, population, and system outcomes. Aim: To estimate associations between workforce composition and outcomes. Design and setting: Cross-sectional analysis of 6210 GP practices from a range of geographical settings across England in 2019. Method: A...
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After the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, Switzerland overhauled its 1970 law on epidemics. The reform aimed at improving early detection, surveillance, and preparedness for future outbreaks of infectious diseases. Notably, the law introduced stronger coordination between Federal and Cantonal authorities, better management tools and international cooperat...
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Social accountability programs are increasingly used to improve the performance of public service providers in low‐income settings. Despite their growing popularity, evidence on the effectiveness of social accountability programs remains mixed. In this manuscript, we assess the impact of a social accountability intervention on health facility manag...
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic forced governments to implement lockdown policies to curb the spread of the disease. These policies explicitly encouraged homeworking, hence reducing the number of commuters with the implicit assumption that restricting peoples' movement reduces risk of infection for travellers and other people in their areas of r...
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Patient referral systems are fragile and overlooked components of the health system in Tanzania. Our study aims at exploring patient referral networks in two rural districts in Tanzania, Kilolo and Msalala. Firstly, we ask whether secondary-level facilities act as gatekeepers, mediating referrals from primary- to tertiary-level facilities. Secondly...
Presentation
Introduction To improve patient safety, many health care organisations have implemented standards/protocols for different care processes (Mula et al., 2019). Sometimes all of this is viewed by nurses as barriers and they use workarounds to overcome the problem. The workaround is an intentional change to existing work system/procedure to lessen the...
Book
A follow-up study of our six-country study of 2010, this book analyzes the healthcare reforms of twelve small and medium-sized nations across the globe in the last three decades. It uses economic terms and political science vocabulary to describe and analyze the policy ambitions, plans and ultimate outcomes of the reforms and shows while there has...
Thesis
Over the last decade, the global movement towards universal health coverage (UHC) gradually shifted its focus. For many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the late 1990s and early 2000s have been characterized by strong and long-lasting efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and improve maternal and child health, expanding access to effect...
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Improving the quality of care is increasingly recognized as a priority of health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Given the labour-intensive nature of healthcare interventions, quality of care largely depends upon the number, training and management of health workers involved in service delivery. Policies available to boost the performa...
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Within the framework of a broader e-health strategy launched a decade ago, in 2015 Switzerland passed a new federal law on patients' electronic health records (EHR). The reform requires hospitals to adopt interoperable EHRs to facilitate data sharing and cooperation among healthcare providers, ultimately contributing to improvements in quality of c...

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Archived project
The project intends to address two related public health challenges in Ghana and in Tanzania: how can the excluded population be better identified and reached to be included in financing protection mechanisms and how can accountability mechanisms and civil society improve health system governance to support the implementation of inclusive and sustainable social health protection systems. Homepage: https://www.outsidethecube.net/