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Choice and competition in health systems

David J. Hunter

in The health debate

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349293
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303855 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349293.003.0004
Choice and competition in health systems

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This chapter discusses choice and competition, two components of the market-style changes under way in many health systems. It discusses the belief of health reformers that without choice and competition there can be no guarantee of services that are responsive to patients' wishes, or efficient and effective in terms of quality. It also discusses other policy instruments that can incentivise change and improvements in health care systems, including target setting and performance management through inspection and regulation.

Keywords: choice; competition; health systems; market-style changes; policy instruments; target setting; performance management

Chapter.  10745 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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