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A global overview of health insurance administrative costs: what are the reasons for variations found?

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  • Mathauer, Inke
  • Nicolle, Emmanuelle
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    Administrative costs are an important spending category in total health insurance expenditure. Yet, they have rarely been a topic outside the US and there is no cross-country comparison available. This paper provides a global overview and analysis of administrative costs for social security schemes (SSS) and private health insurance schemes (PHI).

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Health Policy.

    Volume (Year): 102 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 235-246

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:102:y:2011:i:2:p:235-246

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    Keywords: Health insurance; Administrative costs; Administrative efficiency;

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