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. Providing radical insights, scepticism towards simple solutions and an international perspective on the inequity, inefficiency and expense of health care systems, The Public-Private Mix for Health is vital reading for healthcare managers, policy makers and shapers, academics and researchers in health, society, politics and international studies.
Table of Contents
International health care reform: what goes round, comes round. The pervasive role of ideology in the optimism of the public-private mix in the public healthcare system. 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 public-private 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.