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Eine Gesundheitspolitik fur das 21. Jahrhundert: Zehn Reformvorschläge


Zweifel, Peter (2001). Eine Gesundheitspolitik fur das 21. Jahrhundert: Zehn Reformvorschläge. Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 2(1):81-98.

Abstract

This contribution purports to come up with reform proposals that promise to improve the benefit-cost ratio in health from the point of view of taxpayers and (potential) patients. It starts by noting that a high and increasing share of health care expenditure in the GDP does not per se indicate a need for reform. Rather, the guiding idea is that decisions in the health care sector should be tied more closely to the preferences of consumers, who must obtain more ways to express their willingness-to-pay. The 10 proposals are directed to health insurers, physicians and medical associations, hospital management, and policy makers proper. Moreover, initial steps for implementing them are sketched, such as abolishing the division of lines in the regulation of (private) insurance, freeing health insurers from any-willing-provider clauses, refraining from imposing uniform nationwide fee schedules, and directly subsidizing poor consumers for buying health insurance rather than institutions such as hospitals and homes for long-term care.

This contribution purports to come up with reform proposals that promise to improve the benefit-cost ratio in health from the point of view of taxpayers and (potential) patients. It starts by noting that a high and increasing share of health care expenditure in the GDP does not per se indicate a need for reform. Rather, the guiding idea is that decisions in the health care sector should be tied more closely to the preferences of consumers, who must obtain more ways to express their willingness-to-pay. The 10 proposals are directed to health insurers, physicians and medical associations, hospital management, and policy makers proper. Moreover, initial steps for implementing them are sketched, such as abolishing the division of lines in the regulation of (private) insurance, freeing health insurers from any-willing-provider clauses, refraining from imposing uniform nationwide fee schedules, and directly subsidizing poor consumers for buying health insurance rather than institutions such as hospitals and homes for long-term care.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:German
Date:2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:21
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:17
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1465-6493
Publisher DOI:10.1111/1468-2516.t01-1-00034
Related URLs:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpl/pers/2001/00000002/00000001/art00034

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