This volume presents the results of research which has been facilitated by funding from the European Comunity and it represents a significant contribution to knowledge about equity in the finance and delivery of health care in 10 countries. It compares the experience of nine European countries and the US using a consitent methodology, so as to draw out comparable results from 10 very different health care systems. Such an approach facilitates not only a greater understanding of the performance of the health care systems of individual countries but also the identification of the lessons that can be learnt from international comparisons. In recent years there has developed a recoginition that many health and health care problems are similar across many countries and their solution can be usefully formed by the abandonment both of isolation and the belief that individual country problems are unique.
The content of this book aims to demonstrate that given to efficient research teams, research funding can produce both significant new knowledge of direct relevance to the reform of health care systems world-wide, and also, collaborate mutually formative work between Europeans and others living outside a united Eruope.
`This book presents many useful data including detailed information on health, health services, and finance. Well referenced, and providing an excellent bibliography, it reports good research by competent people, and the findings are generally interesting.' British Medical Journal
"This volume presents the reults of research which has been facilitated by funding from the European Community and it represents a significant contribution to knowledge about equity in the finance and delivery of health care in 10 countries. It compares the experiences of nine European countries and hte US using a consistent methodology so as to draw out comparable results from 10 very different health care systems, e.g. Denmark; France; Ireland; Italy;
the Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States."
European Healthcare Management Association Newsletter, July 1993.
'a coherent and cohesive piece of work and a must for anyone interested in either the principles or the practice of equity in health care ... I would hope that this book will not only be read by many but that the efforts of the editors and the contributors in providing such a useful set of readings will be rewarded in having policy makers devoting more of their efforts to the pursuit of equity in health care - however they choose to define it.'
Gavin Mooney, University of Aberdeen, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol 47, No 4, August 1993
'The book presents many useful data - including detailed information on health, health services, and finance. Well referenced, and providing an excellent bibliography, it reports good research by competent people; and the findings are generally interesting.'
Charles Norman, London Shool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, BMJ, Volume 307, 1993
Part I: Equity in the Finance and Delivery of Health Care: An Overview
1: Concepts and definitions
2: Methods and findings
3: Policy implications of the project
Part II: Equity in the Finance and Delivery of Health Care in Ten Countries
8: The Netherlands
12: United Kingdom
13: United States
Part III: Reflections on Equity in Health Care
14: Equity in health care: the role of ideology
15: Health, health expenditures and equity
16: Equity and health care policy: the American experience
17: Equity in the distribution of health care: the British debate
18: Equity in health care and health care financing: evidence from five developing countries
Series: CEC Health Services Research Series
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 17th December 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.2
Weight (kg): 0.89