Welfare, Choice and Solidarity in Transition: Reforming the Health Sector in Eastern Europe

Welfare, Choice and Solidarity in Transition: Reforming the Health Sector in Eastern Europe

by Janos Kornai, Karen Eggleston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521790360

ISBN-13: 9780521790369

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Reform of the welfare sector is an important yet difficult challenge for countries in transition from socialist central planning to market-oriented democracies. Here a scholar of the economics of socialism and post-socialist transition, and a health economist take on this challenge. They offer health sector reform recommendations for ten countries of Eastern Europe

Overview

Reform of the welfare sector is an important yet difficult challenge for countries in transition from socialist central planning to market-oriented democracies. Here a scholar of the economics of socialism and post-socialist transition, and a health economist take on this challenge. They offer health sector reform recommendations for ten countries of Eastern Europe, drawn from nine guiding principles. The authors conclude that policymakers need to achieve a balance, both assuring social solidarity through universal access to basic health services and expanding individual choice and responsibility through voluntary supplemental insurance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521790369
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Federico Caffe Lectures Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.98(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Part I. Points of Departure: 1. The general principles of reform; 2. The characteristics of the health sector; 3. Some international experiences; 4. The health sector in Eastern Europe: the initial state; Part II. Guidelines for Reform: 5. The demand side: financing, benefits, and organization of insurance; 6. The supply side: delivery system ownership, organization, and contracting; 7. The interaction of supply and demand: pricing, payment, hard budget constraints, and overall health-sector development; 8. Concluding remarks.

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