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International Health Care Reform

A Legal, Economic and Political Analysis, 1st Edition

By Colleen Flood


334 pages

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This book analyses the wave of competition-oriented reform by comparing "internal market reform" (proposed in publicly-funded health care systems) with "managed competition reform" (proposed in systems with a mixture of public/private financing) and the role of "managed care" in each of these reform theories.

International Health Care Reform clearly explains the arguments in economics and justice for intervention by governments in health care markets; the structure and dynamics of health care systems; and the features of competition-oriented reform models. The book will appeal to students and researchers involved in health policy studies, public health and health economics. It will also be a valuable read for policy-makers internationally.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Arguments in economics and justice for government intervention in health insurance and `health service markets 3. The reform of health care allocation systems in the US, The Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK 4. Accountability of health care service purchasers: Comparing internal markets and managed competition 5. The interface between health care service purchasers and providers: Contracting out vs. integrated production 6. The problems of monopoly supply 7. Achieving quality in a competition-oriented system 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Colleen M. Flood is Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy

In an increasingly interdependent world, many of the most important issues are driven by economic forces. This series applies newly developed economic techniques to some of the most pressing contemporary problems. The aim of the series is to demonstrate the relevance of modern economic theory to the modern world economy, and to provide key reading for researchers and policy-makers.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General