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Health Insurance Systems. An International Comparison

  • Book

  • May 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5230502

Health Insurance Systems: An International Comparison offers united and synthesized information currently available only in scattered locations - if at all - to students, researchers, and policymakers. The book provides helpful contexts, so people worldwide can understand various healthcare systems. By using it as a guide to the mechanics of different healthcare systems, readers can examine existing systems as frameworks for developing their own. Case examples of countries adopting insurance characteristics from other countries enhance the critical insights offered in the book. If more information about health insurance alternatives can lead to better decisions, this guide can provide an essential service.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction1. The Need for and Challenges of International Comparisons2. Overview of Key Components of National Health Insurance Systems

Part 2: The CountriesA. Universal Coverage Systems with no Choice of Insurer3. The United Kingdom4. Canada5. Sweden6. Australia7. France8. Japan

B. University Coverage Systems with Competing Insurers9. Germany10. Switzerland11. The Netherlands

C. Systems Without Universal Coverage12. The United States

Part 3: Assessment13. Summary of Health System Characteristics14. Efficiency15. Equity16. Lessons


Thomas Rice Distinguished Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, USA. Thomas Rice is Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. A health economist, his areas of interest include international health care systems, health insurance, competition and regulation, and behavioral economics. He has also written books on health economics, the behavioral economics of health, and the U.S. health care system. Dr. Rice was previously editor of the journal, Medical Care Research and Review, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth, the leading U.S. organization focused on the health services and health policy research, and has chaired its Board of Directors and directed its Annual Research Meeting.