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The Purpose and Limits of Social Health Insurance

  • Peter Zweifel

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

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    This contribution seeks to answer two related questions. First, what is the purpose of social health insurance? Or put in slightly different terms, what are the reasons for social (or public) health insurance to exist, even to dominate private health insurance in most developed countries? And second, what are the limits of social health insurance? Can one say that there is "too much" social health insurance in the following two senses: Should the balance be shifted towards the private alternative? And is the degree of coverage excessive?

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    Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0509.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2005
    Date of revision: Sep 2005
    Publication status: Published in Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 3(3), 183–273, 2007
    Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0509
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