- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Expected online publication date: September 2020
- Print publication year: 2020
- Online ISBN: 9781139026468
Can private health insurance fill gaps in publicly financed coverage? Does it enhance access to health care or improve efficiency in health service delivery? Will it provide fiscal relief for governments struggling to raise public revenue for health? This book examines the successes, failures and challenges of private health insurance globally through country case studies written by leading national experts. Each case study considers the role of history and politics in shaping private health insurance and determining its impact on health system performance. Despite great diversity in the size and functioning of markets for private health insurance, the book identifies clear patterns across countries, drawing out valuable lessons for policymakers while showing how history and politics have proved a persistent barrier to effective public policy. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.
Charles Normand - Professor of Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin and Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care and Rehabillitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London
Jim G. Kahn - University of California San Francisco