Cross-National Policy Learning in Health System Reform: The Case of Diagnosis Related Groups

20 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2009

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Achim Schmid

University of Bremen - CRC 597

Ralf Götze

University of Bremen - Centre for Social Policy Research (CeS)

Abstract

Observations of policy convergence and the cross-national diffusion of ideas, knowledge and policies have raised the question about the ways countries might learn from their peers. This article examines the role of cross-national learning with regard to Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). We review the spread of this policy instrument and analyse the implementation of DRGs in three late-adopting countries: Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The three cases show that the implementation of this policy instrument required intense studies, cooperation with stakeholders and adjustment to country-specific needs. The countries learned from foreign experience, but it was only with the introduction of a regulatory framework for competition between sickness funds that DRGs came fully onto the political agenda. While Germany and Switzerland drew upon foreign DRG models, the Netherlands developed an alternative system to classify patients according to case-mix.

Suggested Citation

Schmid, Achim and Götze, Ralf, Cross-National Policy Learning in Health System Reform: The Case of Diagnosis Related Groups. International Social Security Review, Vol. 62, Issue 4, pp. 21-40, October/December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1495284 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2009.01344.x

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Ralf Götze

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Germany

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