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Reforming Markets in Health Care By Peter C. Smith

Reforming Markets in Health Care
by Peter C. Smith

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Comprises a series of commentaries on the UK government's reforms in the internal health care market. This work examines the contribution of economics to the debate on the reforms, while seeking to make the analysis accessible to a general audience. It is a useful read for students and researchers of health policy and health economics.
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Reforming Markets in Health Care by Peter C. Smith

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 with society's objectives relating to equity and solidarity? The UK government is introducing reforms to the internal health 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 examine the contribution of economics to the debate on the reforms, while seeking to make the analysis accessible to a general audience.

Reforming Markets in Health Care 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.

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About Peter C. Smith


Peter Smith is Professor of Economics at the University of York, and directs the health economics research programme funded by the Department of Health at the Centre for Health Economics. His research interests embrace health policy generally, and he has a particular interest in capitation systems. He is a member of the government's Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation.

Table of Contents


Series editor's introduction
Preface
Reforming health care markets
The cornerstone of Labour's 'New NHS'
reforming primary care
Towards locally based resource allocation
Longer-term agreements for health care services
what will they achieve?
Shaping up to improve health
the strategic leadership role of the new health authority
Economics and public policy
research and development as a public good
The performance framework
taking account of economic behaviour
Performance indictors for managing primary care
the confounding problem
Reference costs and the pursuit of efficiency
A NICE start? Economic analysis within evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
Clinical governance
striking a balance between checking and trusting
The new NHS
a principal:agent viewpoint
References
Index.

Additional information

GOR001950932
Reforming Markets in Health Care by Peter C. Smith
Peter C. Smith
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
2000-02-01
318
0335204619
9780335204618
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