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The choice agenda in European health systems: the role of middle-class demands

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  • Joan Costa-Font
  • Valentina Zigante

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Choice for patients, over varying aspects of healthcare, is becoming an increasingly common feature in Europe, especially in tax-funded healthcare systems. This paper investigates patients’ choice of healthcare provider. The middle class, in countries implementing choice reforms, is shown to have a pronounced preference for the availability of choice as a component of a quality healthcare system. Important implications of this for theory and policy are discussed.

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  • Joan Costa-Font & Valentina Zigante, 2016. "The choice agenda in European health systems: the role of middle-class demands," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(6), pages 409-416, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:36:y:2016:i:6:p:409-416
    DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1206748
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