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The Sisyphus syndrome in health revisited


Zweifel, Peter; Steinmann, Lukas; Eugster, Patrick (2005). The Sisyphus syndrome in health revisited. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, 5(2):127-145.

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Health care may be similar to Sisyphus work: When the task is about to be completed, work has to start all over again. To see the analogy, consider an initial decision to allocate more resources to health. The likely consequence is an increased number of survivors, who will exert additional demand for health care. With more resources allocated to health, the cycle starts over again. The objective of this paper is to improve on earlier research that failed to find evidence of a Sisyphus syndrome in industrialized countries. This time, there are signs of such a cycle, which however seems to have faded away recently.

Health care may be similar to Sisyphus work: When the task is about to be completed, work has to start all over again. To see the analogy, consider an initial decision to allocate more resources to health. The likely consequence is an increased number of survivors, who will exert additional demand for health care. With more resources allocated to health, the cycle starts over again. The objective of this paper is to improve on earlier research that failed to find evidence of a Sisyphus syndrome in industrialized countries. This time, there are signs of such a cycle, which however seems to have faded away recently.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:23 May 2005
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:17
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1389-6563
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10754-005-1864-6
Related URLs:http://springerlink.metapress.com/content/l49775ww377h7020/?p=25b4e56d558c44a0a3b5af391a564807&pi=0
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-1211

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