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Changing choices in health care: implications for equity, efficiency and cost

By Gwyn Bevan, Jan-Kees Helderman and David Wilsford


Although choice may be seen as an end in itself, the papers included in this special issue of Health Economics, Policy and Law, examine choice policies in European systems of health care, which aim to be effective instruments for ameliorating the systemic pressures from the iron triangle of equity, efficiency, and cost. Three papers consider the nature of differences between and within countries following the Beveridge and Bismarck models of financing and organising the delivery of care, and how choices are changing within different systems. Within countries following the Beveridge model, current policies in England, Denmark and Sweden emphasise increasing patient choice of provider. Within countries following the Bismarck model, current policies in France and Germany seek to restrict choice of specialists by introducing ‘soft’ gatekeeping; and in the Netherlands there is a system of managed competition with choice of insurer that, in principle, allows insurers to contract selectivel

Topics: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S1744133110000022
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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