Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy

Health Care Financing and Insurance

Options for Design

Authors: Paolucci, Francesco

  • Proposes a typology of healthcare financing and insurance schemes, based on the dimensions of basic vs. supplementary services and mandatory vs. voluntary coverage
  • Analyzes the impact of EU competition law and policy in several European social healthcare insurance markets
  • Explores the strengths and weaknesses of the financial and organisational structures of different countries’ healthcare financing and insurance schemes
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As a contribution to the search for suitable and sustainable solutions to finance rising medical care expenditures, the book proposes a typology of healthcare financing and insurance schemes, based on the dimensions of basic vs. supplementary services and mandatory vs. voluntary coverage, to analyse the design and the complex interactions between various financing and insurance arrangements in several OECD countries. This study provides a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the financial and organisational structures of different countries’ healthcare financing and insurance schemes. Its main contributions are the development of a novel and rigorous theoretical framework analysing the economic rationales for the optimal design of healthcare financing and insurance schemes, and an empirical and institutional analysis investigating the consequences for efficiency and affordability of the complex interactions between basic and supplementary sources of financing.

The distinction between basic and supplementary health care insurance, and how they are regulated, is of fundamental importance to health care financing. This book makes a welcome contribution to the literature on this subject, providing insights into how the problem is addressed in a number of countries. It will be of considerable interest to a wide variety of scholars and practitioners. James RG Butler, Director, Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health (ACERH), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia This book offers a detailed analysis of supplementary health insurance and its use in several nations. In doing so, it provides important insights into health insurance reform options relevant to nearly every wealthy nation. Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD, Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, USA Francesco Paolucci gives an interesting theoretical overview of the rationale for different systems of health care finance, focusing on the interrelationship between mandatory and supplementary or voluntary systems. He illustrates his theoretical arguments with a revealing empirical analysis, taking into account carefully the specific institutional features of the different countries. His analysis is interesting for academics as well as for policy-makers. Erik Schokkaert, Department of Economics, KULeuven, Belgium

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“The purpose is to provide ‘insights on the institutional and regulatory design of public and private’ financing of healthcare in some OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) countries. … It could be used by high-level masters and doctoral students interested in public policy, health policy, or health services research. … This book is narrowly focused and reads more like a research study than an informative, instructional text. … There are very good comparison tables listing basic and supplemental services among OECD selected countries.” (Carole Ann Kenner, Doody’s Review Service, December, 2010)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Paolucci, Francesco

    Pages 1-11

  • Economic Rationales for the Design of Health Care Financing Schemes

    Paolucci, Francesco

    Pages 13-32

  • The Design of Health Care Financing Schemes in Different Countries

    Paolucci, Francesco

    Pages 33-46

  • The Potential for Risk Rating in Competitive Markets for Supplementary Health Insurance: An Empirical Analysis

    Paolucci, Francesco

    Pages 47-63

  • Competition and Solidarity in European Basic and Supplementary Health Insurance Markets: Economic and Legal Analysis

    Paolucci, Francesco

    Pages 65-77

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Health Care Financing and Insurance
Book Subtitle
Options for Design
Authors
Series Title
Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy
Series Volume
10
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-10794-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-10794-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-10793-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26585-3
Series ISSN
0927-4987
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 115
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