Health Care Reform
Learning from International Experience. State of Health
"If you want a broad introduction to international health care reform, written by some of the best health policy analysts alive today, then this is it." - Chris Heginbotham. What policies have been adopted to reform health care in Europe and North America? Which policies have worked and which have failed? What new initiatives are emerging onto the health policy agenda? This book provides an up-to-date review and analysis of health care reform in five countries: Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. It reviews experience of introducing competition into the health service as well as policies to strengthen management and change methods of paying hospitals and doctors. The experience of each country is described by experts from the countries concerned. In his lucid introduction, Chris Ham sets out the context of reform, and in the conclusion identifies the emerging lessons. The book provides an authoritative introduction to health care reform in Europe and North America at a time of increasing political and public interest in this field.
It has been designed for students of social policy and the full range of health service practitioners on courses of professional training.
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"I thoroughly recommend this book to all students of health care policy reform, and would make it compulsory reading for any government committed to implementing evidence based policies in health care." - British Journal of Health Care Management "...a highly readable introduction to recent international developments in health care reform." - BMJ "If you want a broad introduction to international health care reform, written by some of the best health policy analysts alive today, then this is it." - Chris Heginbotham