Financing Health Care - A Dialogue between South Eastern Europe and Germany

FINANCING HEALTH CARE - A DIALOGUE BETWEEN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE AND GERMANY, INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERIES, Laaser U., Radermacher R., eds., Vol. 18, Verlag Hans Jacobs, 2006

Posted: 2 Nov 2007

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Ulrich Laaser

Bielefeld School of Public Health

Ralf Radermacher

Micro Insurance Academy e.V.

Abstract

The health care financing system has direct impact on the accessibility of care for people in need. Poor access to health services rapidly leads to poverty and smaller future chances for a decent standard of living. In short, the way health care is financed has a strong influence where in society the cut-off point is that divides the winners and losers.

These implications of a health care financing system had to be born in mind by eastern European transition economies facing the extraordinary challenges of redesigning a health care system in a short time frame since the 1990s. More than a decade later, experiences of south-eastern European countries in financing the health system are available for research, but remained in many cases not well analyzed.

This book intends to close this gap by taking a deeper look into these systems showing how different the approaches were that these countries have taken. The book also covers various issues relevant for the German health financing system and thus becomes a valuable platform for dialogue between south-eastern European countries and Germany.

Keywords: health financing, health insurance, south east europe, Germany, Serbia, Albania, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Macedonia, Bulgaria, user fees, self-help, old-age care, dental care

JEL Classification: H55, I19

Suggested Citation

Laaser, Ulrich and Radermacher, Ralf, Financing Health Care - A Dialogue between South Eastern Europe and Germany. FINANCING HEALTH CARE - A DIALOGUE BETWEEN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE AND GERMANY, INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERIES, Laaser U., Radermacher R., eds., Vol. 18, Verlag Hans Jacobs, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026851

Ulrich Laaser

Bielefeld School of Public Health ( email )

Universit├Ątsstra├če 25
Bielefeld, NRW 33613
Germany

Ralf Radermacher (Contact Author)

Micro Insurance Academy e.V. ( email )

Colmantstr. 5
Bonn, 53115
Germany

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