Public Intervention in Health Insurance Markets: Theory and Four Examples from Latin America

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

Abstract

This article examines rationales for public intervention in health insurance markets from the perspective of public economics. It draws on the literature of organizational design to examine alternative public intervention strategies, including issues of contracting, purchaser provider splits, and regulation of competition. Health insurance reforms in four Latin American countries are then considered in light of the insights provided by the theoretical literature.

Suggested Citation

Jack, William G., Public Intervention in Health Insurance Markets: Theory and Four Examples from Latin America. World Bank Research Observer, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 67-88, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=873706

William G. Jack (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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