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Health care coverage in OECD countries in 2012

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  • Valérie Paris
  • Emily Hewlett

    (OECD)

  • Ane Auraaen

    (Organization of American States)

  • Jan Alexa

    (Organization of American States)

  • Lisa Simon

    (OECD)

Abstract

This paper provides a detailed description of health coverage in OECD countries in 2012. It includes information on the organisation of health coverage (residence-based vs contributory systems), on the range of benefits covered by basic health coverage and on cost-sharing requirements. It also describes policies implemented to ensure universal health coverage –in most countries- and to limit user charges for vulnerable populations or people exposed to high health spending. The paper then describes the role played by voluntary health insurance as a secondary source of coverage. Combining qualitative information collected through a survey of OECD countries on benefits covered and cost-sharing requirements with spending data collected through the system of health accounts for 2012, this paper provides valuable information on health care coverage in OECD countries at a time universal health coverage is high on the policy agenda of many countries. Ce document fournit une description détaillée de la couverture santé dans les pays de l’OCDE en 2012. Il contient des informations sur l’organisation de la couverture santé (selon que les droits sont contributifs ou accordé à tout résident), sur l’étendue des services couverts par le régime de base et sur les contributions aux frais demandés aux usagers. Il décrit également les politiques introduites pour atteindre la couverture universelle- dans la plupart des pays ou pour les limiter les dépenses pour les usagers vulnérables ou exposés à des dépenses élevées. Ce document décrit ensuite le rôle joué par l’assurance privée volontaire en tant que source « secondaire » de couverture santé. Combinant l’information qualitative recueillie sur les services couverts et dépenses laissées à la charge des usagers lors d’une enquête menée auprès des pays de l’OCDE et les données sur les dépenses recueillies à travers les comptes de la santé, ce document fournit une information précieuse sur la couverture santé dans les pays de l’OCDE à un moment où la couverture santé universelle est une priorité politique dans de nombreux pays.

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  • Valérie Paris & Emily Hewlett & Ane Auraaen & Jan Alexa & Lisa Simon, 2016. "Health care coverage in OECD countries in 2012," OECD Health Working Papers 88, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaad:88-en
    DOI: 10.1787/5jlz3kbf7pzv-en
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    1. Gisele Teixeira Braun & Luis Gomes Centeno, 2018. "Health Systems," CFP Occasional Papers 01/2018, Portuguese Public Finance Council.
    2. Thomson, Michael, 2019. "Who had access to doctors before and after new universal capitated subsidies in New Zealand?," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 123(8), pages 756-764.
    3. Sabine Vogler & Valérie Paris & Alessandra Ferrario & Veronika J. Wirtz & Kees Joncheere & Peter Schneider & Hanne Bak Pedersen & Guillaume Dedet & Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, 2017. "How Can Pricing and Reimbursement Policies Improve Affordable Access to Medicines? Lessons Learned from European Countries," Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Springer, vol. 15(3), pages 307-321, June.
    4. Rosalind Bell-Aldeghi, 2019. "Interactions between Social and Topping Up Insurance under ex-post Moral Hazard," Working Papers 2019-01, CRESE.
    5. Bell-Aldeghi, Rosalind, 2019. "Interactions between Social and Topping Up Insurance under ex-post Moral Hazard," MPRA Paper 92417, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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