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Die Schweiz als Vorbild? Bemerkungen zur Diskussion um eine Reform des deutschen Gesundheitswesens

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  • Gebhard Kirchgässner

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Taking into account the Swiss experience, this paper considers some aspects of the current reform discussion concerning the German health insurance system. The income dependence of effective premia, their size and their distributional consequences are discussed. The potential role of competition is also considered. It is shown that there are only gradual but no systematic differences between the current German and Swiss systems with respect to their labour market consequences that are central to the present German discussion, while those aspects where the two systems really differ are rarely ever discussed, and the planned new German system will hardly differ in these other dimensions from the old one.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2010 with number 2010-15.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2010:2010-15

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  1. Beck, Konstantin & Spycher, Stefan & Holly, Alberto & Gardiol, Lucien, 2003. "Risk adjustment in Switzerland," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 65(1), pages 63-74, July.
  2. Andreas Haufler, 2004. "Welche Vorteile bringt eine Pauschalprämie für die Finanzierung des Gesundheitswesens?," Schmollers Jahrbuch : Journal of Applied Social Science Studies / Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 124(4), pages 539-556.
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