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Market Empowerment of the Patient: The French Experience

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  • Philippe Batifoulier
  • Jean-Paul Domin
  • Maryse Gadreau

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Through analysis of the French experience, this article explores the way economic policy has sought to encourage active, well-informed patients by giving them market power. The new status of the patient as consumer is based on two foundations: the endeavour to build a healthcare market and the activation of demand-based policies. The keystone of this new system is a conception of the market as a process constructed by economic policy. Recent measures such as the standardization of care and the introduction of incentives to respect a treatment pathway then constitute effective levers to establish a free-market rationale.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Social Economy.

Volume (Year): 69 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 143-162

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Handle: RePEc:taf:rsocec:v:69:y:2011:i:2:p:143-162

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Keywords: institutional change; health demand; marketization; active patient; French health system;

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  1. Philippe Batifoulier, 2014. "De l’aléa moral du patient aux inégalités d’accès aux soins," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-7, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.

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