Cost Containment and Efficiency in National Health Systems: A Global Comparison

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John Rapoport, Philip Jacobs, Egon Jonsson
John Wiley & Sons, Dec 3, 2008 - Science - 248 pages
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Written by a local health economics expert, each of the eight chapters in this timely handbook and ready reference describes the national healthcare system of a different industrialized country. In each case, the 4-5 specific policies with the highest impact on that respective country over the past 20-30 years are identified. In addition, the economic characteristics of each policy are described and, where possible, its success evaluated, discussing the current policy agenda. A final chapter summarizes and synthesizes the major points of the analysis.
While the main focus is on economics, this guide is written in non-technical language for an audience of health policy decision makers or students of health policy, making it an invaluable contribution to the current debate surrounding the control of rising healthcare-related costs in the developed world.
 

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Contents

A Global Comparison 1 Introduction and Summary
1
A Global Comparison 2 Canada
15
A Global Comparison 3 England
41
A Global Comparison 4 Finland
63
A Global Comparison 5 Germany
97
A Global Comparison 6 The Netherlands
131
A Global Comparison 7 Japan
157
A Global Comparison 8 New Zealand
183
A Global Comparison 9 Sweden
207
A Global Comparison Index
229
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John Rapoport
Professor of Economics
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Ma
USA
rapoport@mtholyoke.edu

Philip Jacobs
Institute of Health Economics
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
pjacobs@ihe.ca

Egon Jonsson
Institute of Health Economics
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
ejonsson@ihe.ca

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