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Priority care for employees: A blessing in disguise?

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  • W.B.F. Brouwer

    (Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

  • F.T. Schut

    (Department of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Abstract

This paper discusses the efficiency and equity effects of priority care for employees. Recent privatization of workers' compensation insurance in the Netherlands caused an increasing tension between public responsibility for health care cost-containment and private responsibility for sick pay. As a result of strict supply side regulation, waiting lists increased, while at the same time employers became fully responsible for sick pay. To reduce sick pay and production losses, employers are prepared to pay for priority care by using available excess capacity. We argue that the criteria of Pareto and Rawls can provide a rationale for the resulting differential treatment of employees and non-employees. However, such a justification crucially depends on weights society assigns to absolute versus relative improvements in access to health care.Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • W.B.F. Brouwer & F.T. Schut, 1999. "Priority care for employees: A blessing in disguise?," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(1), pages 65-73.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:8:y:1999:i:1:p:65-73
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1050(199902)8:1<65::AID-HEC397>3.0.CO;2-G
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    1. Rutten, Frans & Bleichrodt, Han & Brouwer, Werner & Koopmanschap, Marc & Schut, Erik, 2001. "Handbook of Health Economics," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 20(5), pages 855-879, September.
    2. van Exel, Job & Baker, Rachel & Mason, Helen & Donaldson, Cam & Brouwer, Werner, 2015. "Public views on principles for health care priority setting: Findings of a European cross-country study using Q methodology," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 126(C), pages 128-137.
    3. Frederik T. Schut & Wynand P. M. M. Van de Ven, 2005. "Rationing and competition in the Dutch health-care system," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(S1), pages 59-74.
    4. Brouwer, Werner & van Exel, Job & Hermans, Bert & Stoop, Arjen, 2003. "Should I stay or should I go? Waiting lists and cross-border care in the Netherlands," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 289-298, March.
    5. Tim Benning & Els Breugelmans & Benedict Dellaert, 2012. "Consumers’ evaluation of allocation policies for scarce health care services: Vested interest activation trumps spatial and temporal distance," Marketing Letters, Springer, vol. 23(3), pages 531-543, September.
    6. Benning, Tim M. & Dellaert, Benedict G.C., 2013. "Paying more for faster care? Individuals' attitude toward price-based priority access in health care," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 84(C), pages 119-128.
    7. S. Wouters & N. Exel & M. Donk & K. Rohde & W. Brouwer, 2015. "Do people desire to be healthier than other people? A short note on positional concerns for health," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 16(1), pages 47-54, January.
    8. Greß, Stefan & Okma, Kieke G. H. & Wasem, Jürgen, 2002. "Private health insurance in social health insurance countries: Market outcomes and policy implications," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Diskussionspapiere 01/2002, University of Greifswald, Faculty of Law and Economics.
    9. Brouwer, Werner B. F. & Hermans, Herbert E. G. M., 1999. "Private clinics for employees as a Dutch solution for waiting lists: economic and legal arguments," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 47(1), pages 1-17, April.

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