Six Countries, Six Reform Models: The Healthcare Reform Experience of Israel Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan: Healthcare Reforms under the Radar Screen

Six Countries, Six Reform Models: The Healthcare Reform Experience of Israel Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan: Healthcare Reforms under the Radar Screen

by Kieke G. H. Okma
     
 

ISBN-10: 9814261580

ISBN-13: 9789814261586

Pub. Date: 12/23/2009

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated

This book presents the healthcare reform experiences of six small- to mid-sized, but dynamic, economies spanning the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Usually not given serious consideration in major international comparisons because of their small size, each in fact provides a fascinating case study that illuminates the understanding of the dynamics of

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This book presents the healthcare reform experiences of six small- to mid-sized, but dynamic, economies spanning the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Usually not given serious consideration in major international comparisons because of their small size, each in fact provides a fascinating case study that illuminates the understanding of the dynamics of healthcare reform. Although dissimilar in historical and cultural backgrounds, they share some important features: all faced very similar pressures for change in the 1970s and 1980s; all considered a very similar range of policy options; and all did not only discuss but actually implemented fundamental changes in their healthcare funding, organization, contracting and governance structures with strikingly different outcomes.

All of the authors have lived and worked in one or more of the countries studied in this volume. The analytic frameworks they use reflect their broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds in health economics and political science. Beyond mere descriptions or reform processes and superficial analyses based on aggregate data from the usual OECD or WHO sources, they seek to understand — and explain — the variations in country experiences by examining the politico-socio-economic factors driving health reform as seen through the respective country lenses. In coming together in this unique international collaboration, they make an important contribution to the growing field of international comparative health policy studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789814261586
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/23/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgements xi

About the Authors xiii

Introduction Kieke G H. Okma Luca Crivelli 1

1 Israel: Partial Health Care Reform as Laboratory of Ongoing Change David Chinitz Rachel Meislin 25

2 Change and Continuity in Dutch Health Care: Origins and Consequences of the 2006 Health Insurance Reforms Kieke G. H. Okma Hans Maarse 43

3 Reform and Re-reform of the New Zealand System Toni Ashton Tim Tenbensel 83

4 Health Care Reforms in Singapore Meng-Kin Lim 111

5 Consumer-Driven Versus Regulated Health Insurance in Switzerland Luca Crivelli Iva Bolgiani 137

6 Taiwan's National Health Insurance System: High Value for the Dollar Tsung-Mei Cheng 171

Conclusions: Debates, Reforms, and Policy Adjustments Kieke G.H. Okma Luca Crivelli 205

Appendix A 215

Index 231

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