Cost Containment and Efficiency in National Health Systems: A Global Comparison

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Philip Jacobs, John Rapoport, Egon Jonsson
Wiley, Jul 13, 2009 - Science - 233 pages
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Written by a local health economics expert, each of the eightchapters in this timely handbook and ready reference describes thenational healthcare system of a different industrialized country.In each case, the 4-5 specific policies with the highest impact onthat respective country over the past 20-30 years are identified.In addition, the economic characteristics of each policy aredescribed and, where possible, its success evaluated, discussingthe current policy agenda. A final chapter summarizes andsynthesizes the major points of the analysis.
While the main focus is on economics, this guide is written innon-technical language for an audience of health policy decisionmakers or students of health policy, making it an invaluablecontribution to the current debate surrounding the control ofrising healthcare-related costs in the developed world.

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John Rapoport
Professor of Economics
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Ma

Philip Jacobs
Institute of Health Economics
Edmonton, Alberta

Egon Jonsson
Institute of Health Economics
Edmonton, Alberta

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