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Does Privatisation Contribute to the Performance of a Health Care System?

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This paper considers whether privatisation can contribute to the performance of a health care system. In order to answer this question, five well-known criteria of economic performance are proposed. The finding is that privatisation is quite likely to contribute to all of these criteria. The crucial condition, however, is that privatisation does not amount to the creation of public monopolies.

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  • Peter Zweifel, 2014. "Does Privatisation Contribute to the Performance of a Health Care System?," Economic Affairs, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(2), pages 171-178, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecaffa:v:34:y:2014:i:2:p:171-178
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    1. Janet Vroomen & Peter Zweifel, 2011. "Preferences for health insurance and health status: does it matter whether you are Dutch or German?," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 12(1), pages 87-95, February.
    2. Peter Zweifel & Harry Telser & Stephan Vaterlaus, 2006. "Consumer Resistance Against Regulation: The Case of Health Care," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 319-332, May.
    3. Kelvin J. Lancaster, 1966. "A New Approach to Consumer Theory," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 74, pages 132-132.
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