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September 2013The Changing Role of Government in Financing Health Care: An International Perspective
with Mark Stabile: w19439
This paper explores the changing role of government involvement in health care financing policy outside the United States. It provides a review of the economics literature in this area to understand the implications of recent policy changes on efficiency, costs and quality. Our review reveals that there has been some convergence in policies adopted across countries to improve financing incentives and encourage efficient use of health services. In the case of risk pooling, all countries with competing pools experience similar difficulties with selection and are adopting more sophisticated forms of risk adjustment. In the case of hospital competition, the key drivers of success appear to be what is competed on and measurable rather than whether the system is public or private. In the case o...

Published: Stabile, Mark, and Sarah Thomson. 2014. "The Changing Role of Government in Financing Health Care: An International Perspective." Journal of Economic Literature, 52(2): 480-518. citation courtesy of

 
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