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The formal–informal patient payment mix in European countries. Governance, economics, culture or all of these?

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  • Tambor, Marzena
  • Pavlova, Milena
  • Golinowska, Stanisława
  • Sowada, Christoph
  • Groot, Wim

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Cost-sharing for health care is high on the policy agenda in many European countries that struggle with deficits in their public budget. However, such policy often meets with public opposition, which might delay or even prevent its implementation. Increased reliance on patient payments may also have adverse equity effects, especially in countries where informal patient payments are widespread. The factors which might influence the presence of both, formal and informal payments can be found in economic, governance and cultural differences between countries.

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  • Tambor, Marzena & Pavlova, Milena & Golinowska, Stanisława & Sowada, Christoph & Groot, Wim, 2013. "The formal–informal patient payment mix in European countries. Governance, economics, culture or all of these?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 113(3), pages 284-295.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:113:y:2013:i:3:p:284-295
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.09.011
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