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Microeconomics is "the study of the operations of the components of a national economy, such as individual firms, households, and consumers." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/microeconomics)

Macroeconomics is "the study of the overall aspects and workings of a national economy, such as income, output, and the interrelationship among diverse economic sectors." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/microeconomics)


What is the difference between micro and macroeconomics and how does this relate to healthcare? (Please provide as much information as possible - at least 250 words for better understanding. Thank you.).

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1. What is the difference between micro and macroeconomics and how does this relate to healthcare?

"Economics is the study of how resources are allocated with the marketplace" (http://www.icep.org/edsurvival/documents/HealthcareEconomics_000.doc). In other words, economics are the rules explain the behavior of people who pursue (and compete with others for) the limited resources (goods, currency, health, etc.) within a society, such as healthcare. Recently, the interest in healthcare economics has blossomed over the past several decades as spending on healthcare has continued to escalate, now representing well over $1 trillion (with approximately 40% going to hospitals and 20% going to doctors), and occupying over 16% of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (cumulative value of domestic goods and services produced). (

There are two types of economics, and both relate to healthcare differentially. For example, microeconomics is "the study of the ...

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Perloff, J. M. (2007). Microeconomics (4th ed.). New York: Pearson Addison Wesley.

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