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Health Policy Developments 12. Focus on Value for Money, Funding and Governance, Access and Equity.
Blum K, Busse R, Schlette S
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While care coordination and quality of care remain
paramount policy topics everywhere, countries again turn to payment
and efficiency challenges. Issue 12 of Health Policy developments
examines how health systems are trying to maximize value for money-
exploring new avenues and mixing incentives. Preceding the value
question there is a much simpler question: Where does the money come
from? Clearly, someone needs to shoulder the burden of higher
healthcare costs, but who should pay for what? Should it be private
health insurers or the pharmaceutical industry as is happening in
France and Australia, the whole population as it is in Finland or
Canada, or should people above a certain body mass index be taxed, as
in Alabama? Further topics in this issue are governance in Bismarckian
systems, responsiveness of health systems to vulnerable groups, access
and equity, and patient safety and quality.
The International Network Health Policy and Reform aims to narrow the gap between health services research and health policy. Network partners are research institutions and health policy experts from 20 industrialized countries.