This book brings together an international group of distinguished researchers and practitioners in health economics and health services who are national experts on the funding and provision of health care. Despite the great differences in the structures and cultures of their national systems they identify common issues and expound the policy debate about healthcare reform.
Topics covered include:
- International health care reform: what goes around, comes around
- Efficient purchasing in public and private healthcare systems: mission impossible?
- The public-private mix in the UK
- UK health care reform: continuity and change
- The mix of public and private payers in the American health system
- Political wolves and economic sheep: The sustainability of public health insurance in Canada
- Public-private mix for health in France
- The private-public mix in Scandinavia
- Public-private mix for health care in Germany
- The public-private mix in health services: New Zealand
- The role of the private sector in the Australian health care system
- Common challenges in health care markets
- Enduring problems in health care delivery