Defining the 'Health Benefit Basket' in Nine European Countries - Evidence from the European Union Health Basket Project

European Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 2-10, Dec. 2005

9 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2010 Last revised: 5 Jul 2010

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Jonas Schreyoegg

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Tom Stargardt

University of Hamburg

Marcial Velasco-Garrido

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Reinhard Busse

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Date Written: December 1, 2005

Abstract

This article identifies and analyses a framework for "health baskets," the taxonomy of benefit catalogues for curative services, and the criteria for the in- or exclusion of benefits in nine EU member states (Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain). Focusing on services of curative care, it is found that the explicitness of benefit catalogues varies largely between the countries. In the absence of explicitly defined benefit catalogues, in- and outpatient remuneration schemes have the character of benefit catalogues. The criteria for the in- or exclusion into benefit catalogues are often not transparent and (cost-)effectiveness is applied only for certain sectors. An EU-wide harmonization of benefit baskets does not seem realistic in the short or medium term as the variation in criteria and the taxonomies of benefit catalogues are large but not insurmountable. There may be scope for a European core basket.

Keywords: Health benefit plans, Health services, Health priorities, Nationalhealth programs, Insurance Benefits

Suggested Citation

Schreyoegg, Jonas and Stargardt, Tom and Velasco-Garrido, Marcial and Busse, Reinhard, Defining the 'Health Benefit Basket' in Nine European Countries - Evidence from the European Union Health Basket Project (December 1, 2005). European Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 2-10, Dec. 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1574173

Jonas Schreyoegg (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Tom Stargardt

University of Hamburg ( email )

Hamburg Center for Health Economics
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Hamburg, 20354
Germany

Marcial Velasco-Garrido

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

Straße des 17
Berlin, 10623
Germany

Reinhard Busse

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

Straße des 17
Juni 135
Berlin, 10623
Germany

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