The State and Healthcare: Comparing OECD Countries

Hardcover | September 17, 2010

byH. Rothgang, M. Cacace, Lorraine Frisina

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Since the 1970s the state has witnessed significant challenges to its control over social policy institutions in the arena of health care. Examining these changes in comparative perspective, this volume provides a quantitative overview of financing, regulation and service provision for 21 OECD countries, with an in-depth qualitative analysis of three cases -- the US, UK and Germany. The book argues that healthcare systems are converging towards mixed regimes and that this marks a new era in welfare state history.

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Since the 1970s the state has witnessed significant challenges to its control over social policy institutions in the arena of health care. Examining these changes in comparative perspective, this volume provides a quantitative overview of financing, regulation and service provision for 21 OECD countries, with an in-depth qualitative an...

Heinz Rothgang is at the Centre for Social Policy Research, Bremen, Germany.  Mirella Cacace is at University of Bremen, Germany.  Simone Grimmeisen is at University of Bremen, Germany.  Uwe Helmert is at the Centre for Social Policy Research, Bremen, Germany. Claus Wendt is at the University of Bremen, Germany.  Stephan Leibfried is ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:September 17, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230005489

ISBN - 13:9780230005488

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PART ONE: INTRODUCTION * Goals, methodology, state of the art * The conceptual framework * PART TWO: A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF HEALTH CARE FINANCING AND SERVICE PROVISION IN THE OECD WORLD * Health care financing * Heatlh care service provision * PART THREE: IN-DEPTH COUNTRY STUDIES * Germany: A social insurance system sandwiched between growing competition and the shadow of hierarchy * United Kingdom: The NHS -- persistently strong state, increasingly strong market? * United States: The coincidence of markets and hierarchies in a private health care system * Changing values: Health policy in Germany, the UK and the US * PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS * The transformation of ideal types into mixed regimes