Economics Of Health Care Financing / Edition 2

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This new edition examines the economics of health care systems in a non-technical manner, highly accessible for economists and non-economists alike. It is very timely and includes the latest evidence of health care reforms and their implications from a number of countries with different systems.

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Editorial Reviews

Applies the principles of economics to such questions as the market for health care, the desirability and form of government intervention, and the trade-off between equity and efficiency. Also reviews and evaluates the mechanisms that have been introduced in various countries to regulate both the demand and supply sides of the health-care markets, and draws conclusions about who should intervene and how. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333984314
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Cam Donalson is Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics and ESRC Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) Public Service Fellow, Centre for Health Services Research, School of Population & Health Sciences and Business School (Economics), University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Karen Gerard is Senior Lecturer University of Southampton and Senior Visiting Fellow, Health Economics Research Centre, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Craig Mitton is a Research Scientist in the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement in the British Columbia Research Institute for Children's and Women's Health and Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia.

Stephen Jan is Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Virginia Wiseman is Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Markets and Market Failure in Health Care
• Health Care Financing Reforms: Moving into the New Millenium
• Markets and Health Care: The Basic Theory
• Market Failure in Health Care
Part Two: Health Care Systems and Their Objectives
• Methods of Funding Health Care
• Economic Objectives of Health Care
Part Three: A Review of Empirical Findings
• Countering Consumer Moral Hazard
• Countering Doctor Moral Hazard
• Countering Moral Hazard in the Hospital Sector
• Achieving Equity
Part Four: Future Challenges
• Future Considerations: Setting the Health Care Budget
• Health Care Financing Reforms: Where Are We Now?

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