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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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  • Mathauer, Inke & Nicolle, Emmanuelle, 2011. "A global overview of health insurance administrative costs: what are the reasons for variations found?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 102(2), pages 235-246.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:102:y:2011:i:2:p:235-246
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.07.009
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