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Reforming Markets in Health Care : State of Health Series - Peter C. Smith

Reforming Markets in Health Care

State of Health Series

Paperback Published: 2nd January 2000
ISBN: 9780335204618
Number Of Pages: 318

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There has been an international move towards the creation of explicit markets in health care, in which the purchase of care is separated from provision. While the creation of such markets has undeniably led to improvements in certain aspects of health care, it has also raised important issues that have yet to be resolved - for example, is an escalation of management costs an inevitable consequence of the introduction of a market in health care? what sort of information is needed to make the market function efficiently? can a market-based system be compatible wit society's objectives relating to equity and solidarity? the UK governments is introducing reforms to the internal care market in the Uk National Health Service which seek to address concerns such as these, and this book comprises a series of commentaries on their plans from a group of leading health economists. Authors examiner the contribution of economics to the debate on the reforms, while seeking to make the analysis accessible to a general audience. This is recommended reading for students and researchers of health policy and health economics, as well as health professionals and policy makers at all levels in the health services.

List of contributorsp. vii
Series editor's introductionp. ix
Editor's prefacep. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Reforming health care marketsp. 1
The cornerstone of Labour's 'new NHS': Reforming primary carep. 18
Towards locally-based resource allocationp. 45
Longer-term agreements for health care services: What will they achieve?p. 67
Shaping up to improve health: The strategic leadership role of the new health authorityp. 94
Economics and public policy - research and development as a public goodp. 117
The performance framework: Taking account of economic behaviourp. 138
Performance indicators for managing primary care: The confounding problemp. 162
Reference costs and the pursuit of efficiencyp. 187
A NICE start? Economic analysis within evidence-based clinical practice guidelinesp. 211
Clinical governance: Striking a balance between checking and trustingp. 246
The new NHS: A principal-agent viewpointp. 268
Indexp. 284
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ISBN: 9780335204618
ISBN-10: 0335204619
Series: State of Health Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 2nd January 2000
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.37