1. Auflage 2012,
176 Seiten, Gebunden, Format (B × H): 159 mm x 235 mm, Gewicht: 431 g
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Ho Health Policy and the Public InterestThis book is written with an acute awareness of the need for new insight to ensure (1) universal protection in basic healthcare; (2) providing choice; (3) efficient production and consumption of healthcare services; (4) financial sustainability of the healthcare system. Defining the public interest as the welfare of the "representative individual" with no vested interest who imagines himself to have equal chance of being anyone in society, this book explores alternative ways of finance and delivery, the optimal interface between the public healthcare sector and the private healthcare sector, and that between public insurance and private insurance.
The book includesa theoretical but non-technical section that distinguishes between the stock of health and functional health, proposes a utility maximizing/behavioural framework to explain behaviour and the role of health policy andinvestigates the nature of risk and alternative insurance mechanisms.The book illustrates with anumber of country studies, covering a large range of healthcare systems from the American and the European systems to various Asian systems as well as those of Australia and New Zealand. The survey of country experiences reinforces the theoretical conclusions about the role of the public healthcare sector and social insurance and that of the private market.
The book highlights the importance of and the workability of "pricing right" and "capping right": pricing standard or basic healthcare services at the right price can contain both demand-side and supply-side moral hazard and lead to more efficient production and consumption of healthcare services; capping annual eligible healthcare expenses will provide effective protection against financial risks. The proposal of lifetime healthcare supplement offers greater choice. Private caregivers and insurers supplement the public healthcare system by offering more choices and premium services, as well as additional protection.
Weitere Infos & Material
1.Functional Health and the Health Stock2. A Framework for Risk and Health Policy Analysis3. Insurance, Moral Hazard, and Adverse Selection4. Health Policy Evaluation5. Health Policy in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan6. Publicly Funded Healthcare Systems: UK and Canada7. Singapore: Medisave, Medishield, Medifund, and Elderfund8. Universal Publicly Funded Basic Healthcare in Australia and New Zealand9. Three European Countries: France, Switzerland, and Sweden10. The American Market-based System 11. The Way Forward