Health Care Systems in Transition: An International Perspective / Edition 1

Health Care Systems in Transition: An International Perspective / Edition 1

by Francis D. Powell, Albert F. Wesssen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761910816

ISBN-13: 9780761910817

Pub. Date: 11/17/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Can the United States learn from other health care systems? This is the question Francis D. Powell and Albert F. Wessen and their colleagues address in this new volume on comparative health care systems. Health Care Systems in Transition presents a framework for examining and comparing health care reform, as well as attempts in Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Great

Overview

Can the United States learn from other health care systems? This is the question Francis D. Powell and Albert F. Wessen and their colleagues address in this new volume on comparative health care systems. Health Care Systems in Transition presents a framework for examining and comparing health care reform, as well as attempts in Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Great Britain to maximize their populations' health through efforts involving such factors as access to care, cost containment, and national payment programs.

The editors begin by offering guidelines for comparing health care reforms, exploring the issues and components of health care reform and the kinds of challenges reform will continue to face in the United States. The next four sections examine health care and efforts toward reform abroad. The final section considers how structural differences in health care systems may impact efforts at reform and how national reform measures in the countries studied might be reflected in regional and state programs in the United States.

Health Care Systems in Transition will prove invaluable reading for scholars, administrators, and students in health care policy, public health, health services administration and research, public administration, and political science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761910817
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/17/1998
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Part I.Introduction
1.The Comparative Study of Health Care Reform3
2.Lessons From Abroad: A Comparative Perspective25
3.Comparative Health Systems and the Convergence Hypothesis: The Dialectics of Universalism and Particularism35
Part II.The German Experience
4.From Solidarity to Market Competition? Values, Structure, and Strategy in German Health Policy, 1883-199747
5.Health Care Cost Containment in Germany89
6.German Unity and Health Care Reform101
Part III.The Canadian Experience
7.Canadian National Health Insurance: Evolution and Unresolved Policy Issues115
8.Will Power, Cost Control, and Health Reform in Canada, 1987-1992151
9.Preventive and Primary Care Access Systems: CLSCs as Neighborhood and Social Service Centers in Quebec173
Part IV.The Swedish Experience
10.Historical and Institutional Foundations of the Swedish Health Care System201
11.Evolving Roles of the National and Regional Governments in the Swedish Health Care System243
12.Cost Control in the Sweidsh Health Sector255
Part V.The British Experience
13.Britain's Health Care Experiment281
14.The Reforms of the British National Health Service305
15.Policy Lessons From the British Health Care System327
Part VI.Health Care Reform: Toward a Synthesis
16.Structural Differences and Health Care Reform369
17.Patterns of Health Care System Change393
Index414
About the Editors423
About the Contributors424

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