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The OECD Health Project Private Health Insurance in OECD Countries: The Impact of Private Health Insurance on Health System Performance

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Abstract:

This chapter aims to: 1) assess the impact of PHI on health systems and their performance; 2) identify the factors explaining the variation in performance across different systems of financing health care and across PHI markets. It does this by seeking answers to the following questions: How does PHI affect access to health services and timely care across people with different levels and types of health insurance coverage? What is PHI's influence on the equity of health financing? What is PHI's role in health system choice of provider and benefits? Do private insurers have a role in promoting innovation in health care and, if so, how? Have insurers implemented activities to improve health care quality? How does PHI affect health system expenditure? What implications does PHI have for health system cost‐efficiency?

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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