Challenges of Mixed-Economy Solutions in Healthcare: The Examples of Switzerland and Singapore

6 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2009

Abstract

In the search for improved healthcare systems able to cope with rising costs, policy-makers are likely to turn to mixed-economy solutions. The lure of integrating the best of both worlds generally leads to a blend of public and private providers, high regulation density as well as legal constraints on consumers based on top-down political prerogatives. The Swiss and Singaporean healthcare systems perfectly exemplify this strategy. Both combine market features and government planning. They differ significantly, however, when it comes to the specific policies being implemented and the scope of private sector involvement in each country. This article discusses the Swiss and Singaporean healthcare systems and highlights the dissimilarities between the two countries.

Suggested Citation

Bessard, Pierre, Challenges of Mixed-Economy Solutions in Healthcare: The Examples of Switzerland and Singapore. Economic Affairs, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 16-21, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1319536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0270.2008.00863.x

Pierre Bessard (Contact Author)

Liberales Institut Zurich ( email )

Switzerland

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