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Grenzen des Wettbewerbs im Gesundheitswesen

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  • Ingmar Kumpmann

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Many health economists demand more competition in the health care system. They focus on the competition between sickness funds for insured and the competition between health care providers for contracts with sickness funds. But they neglect the competition between health care providers for patients which is crucial for medical quality. This third field of competition is in conflict with the two former fields. The empirical evidence concerning the effects of competition on cost and quality is also ambiguous. Thus the mere claim for “more competition” does not do justice to the high complexity of the health care system.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 1.

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Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:iwh:dispap:1-08

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Keywords: health care system; competition; sickness funds; free choice of medical practitioner;

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  1. Breyer, Friedrich & Franz, Wolfgang & Homburg, Stefan & Schnabel, Reinhold & Wille, Eberhard, 2004. "Reform der sozialen Sicherung," EconStor Books, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, number 92399.
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  1. Ribhegge, Hermann, 2008. "Zur Harmonie von Wettbewerbsrecht und Gesundheitspolitik: kritische Anmerkungen zu den Beschlüssen des Bundeskartellamtes zur Fusion im Krankenhausbereich," Discussion Papers 269, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.

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