Social Health Insurance Systems in Western Europe / Edition 1

Social Health Insurance Systems in Western Europe / Edition 1

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Social Health Insurance Systems in Western Europe / Edition 1

· What are the characteristics that define a Social Health Insurance system?

· How is success measured in SHI systems?

· How are SHI systems developing in response to external pressures?

Using the seven Social Health Insurance countries in western Europe - Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland - as well as Israel, this important book reviews core structural and organizational dimensions, as well as recent reforms and innovations.

Covering a wide range of policy issues, the book:

· Explores the pressures these health systems confront to be more efficient, more effective, and more responsive

· Reviews their success in addressing these pressures

· Examines the implications of change on the structure of SHI’s as they are currently defined

· Draws out policy lessons about past experience and likely future developments in SHI systems in a manner useful to policymakers in Europe and elsewhere

Social Health Insurance Systems in Western Europe will be of interest to students of health policy and management as well as health managers and policy-makers.

Contributors: Helmut Brand, Jan Bultman, Reinhard Busse, Laurent Chambaud, David Chinitz, Diana M.J. Delnoij, André P. den Exter, Aad A. de Roo, Anna Dixon, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Hans F.W. Dubois, Josep Figueras, Bernhard Gibis, Stefan Greß, Bernhard J. Güntert, Jean Hermesse, Maria M. Hofmarcher, Martin McKee, Pedro W. Koch-Wulkan, Claude Le Pen, Kieke G.H. Okma, Martin Pfaff, Richard B. Saltman, Wendy G.M. van der Kraan, Jürgen Wasem, Manfred Wildner, Matthias Wismar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335213634
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Part One

The stability of social health insurance systems and the resilience of solidarity
Social health insurance
commonalities and variations within western Europe
Reforms and recent devlopments and their effects on health status, efficiency, equity, responsiveness and satisfaction
The sustainability of social health insurance
current challenges and future options

Part Two

Contracting and paying providers
Solidarity vs competition
Private health insurance
Public health/prevention
Long-term care

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