The State and Healthcare: Comparing OECD Countries / Edition 1

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Since the 1970s the state has witnessed significant challenges to its control over social policy institutions in the arena of health care. Examining these changes in comparative perspective, this volume provides a quantitative overview of financing, regulation and service provision for 21 OECD countries, with an in-depth qualitative analysis of three cases — the US, UK and Germany. The book argues that healthcare systems are converging towards mixed regimes and that this marks a new era in welfare state history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230005488
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: Transformations of the State
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Heinz Rothgang is at the Centre for Social Policy Research, Bremen, Germany.
Mirella Cacace is at University of Bremen, Germany.
Simone Grimmeisen is at University of Bremen, Germany.
Uwe Helmert is at the Centre for Social Policy Research, Bremen, Germany.
Claus Wendt is at the University of Bremen, Germany.
Stephan Leibfried is a Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bremen, Germany.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations


Series Editor's Preface

Notes on the Authors

Part I The Concept of the Study

1 Introduction to the Book Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 3

2 Conceptual Framework of the Study Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 10

Part II Cross-Sectional Analyses

3 The Changing Role of the State in Healthcare Financing Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 25

4 The Changing Role of the State in Healthcare Service Provision Claus Wendt Wendt, Claus 53

Part III Case Studies

5 The Role of the State in the British Healthcare System - Between Marketization and Statism Lorraine Frisina Frisina, Lorraine 75

6 The Self-Regulatory German Healthcare System Between Growing Competition and State Hierarchy Claus Wendt Wendt, Claus 119

7 The US Healthcare System: Hierarchization with and Without the State Mirella Cacace Cacace, Mirella 180

Part IV Conclusion

8 The Converging Role of the State in OECD Healthcare Systems Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 237

References 248

Index 275

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