The Politics of Health in Europe

The Politics of Health in Europe

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This book is explicitly comparative, and comparison is essential to the analyses it develops. The book is explicitly concerned with the liberal democracies of western Europe. The countries covered in detail here - Italy, Sweden and the UK, and France and Germany - constitute a purposive sample. The distinction between national health services and social insurance systems is not real, but an abstract formulation which makes a wealth of information more manageable. Choosing these countries makes sense not because they are somehow representative of general types but because, between them, they are indicative of particular sets of problems in the politics of health and health care. The working assumption here is that the public provision of health care is embedded in a distinctively European politics.In Italy, meanwhile, unlike in the UK, a number of providers of health care remained outside the SSN when it was created.5 In many places, Italian localities have always been dependent on contracting with independent institutions ... Does the private sector guarantee or undermine public sector performance?6 Both questions are compelling, but both miss the ... seems unrealistic to imagine healthcare in Italy without a significant private practice in which doctors earn large feesa#39; (Bevan, anbsp;...

Title:The Politics of Health in Europe
Author:Richard Freeman
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 2000


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