Private Voluntary Health Insurance

Consumer Protection and Prudential Regulation

Author: Greg Brunner,Pablo Gottret,Birgit Hansl,Vijayasekar Kalavakonda,Somil Nagpal,Nicole Tapay

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 082138757X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 130

View: 4264

This book aims to help countries design and implement a legal framework for a viable private health insurance market, with rationale for insurance regulation, institutions involved, and standards and protections used in regulating private health insurance.

Private Voluntary Health Insurance in Development

Friend Or Foe?

Author: Alexander S. Preker,Richard M. Scheffler,Mark C. Bassett

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 0821366203

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 424

View: 337

Private voluntary health insurance already plays an important role in the health sector of many low and middle income countries. The book reviews the context under which private insurance could contribute to an improvement in the financial sustainability of the health sector, financial protection against the costs of illness, household income smoothing, access to care, and market productivity. This volume is the third in aseries of in-depth reviews of the role of health care financing in providing access for low-income populations to needed healthcare, protecting them from the impoverishing effects of illness, and addressing the important issues of social exclusion in government financed programs.

Global Marketplace for Private Health Insurance

Strength in Numbers

Author: Alexander S. Preker,Peter Zweifel,Onno P. Schellekens

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821376775

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 528

View: 2783

Financial protection against the cost of illness and inclusion of vulnerable groups will require better mobilization and use of private means. Private voluntary health insurance already plays an important role in mobilizing additional resources to the health sector and protecting against the catastrophic cost of illness in some countries. This review explores the context under which private voluntary health insurance could contribute to an improvement in the sustainability of the health sector and financial protection in other countries.

Handbook of Micro Health Insurance in Africa

Author: Gerald Leppert

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643901712

Category: Medical

Page: 457

View: 7878

Micro health insurance is an emerging concept to reduce poverty and social exclusion and improve health care access. The Handbook of Micro Health Insurance in Africa gives an overview of the challenges and needs in the field of micro health insurance. Focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, where universal social health protection still has a way to go, the Handbook provides an introduction to the relatively new and promising approach of micro insurance as a risk management tool for low-income households, between the market, self-help, and the state. This book is an output of the project Pro MHI Africa, which is funded by the European Union and directed by the University of Cologne in cooperation with the University of Botswana, the University of Ghana, and the University of Malawi. (Series: Social Protection in Health. Challenges, Needs and Solutions in International Health Care Financing - Vol. 1)

Health Reforms in South-East Europe

Author: W. Bartlett,J. Bozikov,B. Rechel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137264772

Category: Political Science

Page: 244

View: 2845

Over the last two decades the countries of South East Europe have engaged in far-reaching reforms of their health systems. However, overviews of reform efforts in this part of Europe have been sorely lacking. This book addresses this shortage through the analysis of key aspects of health reforms and health workforce mobility in South East Europe.

Scaling Up Affordable Health Insurance

Staying the Course

Author: Alexander S. Preker,Marianne E. Lindner,Dov Chernichovsky,Onno P. Schellekens

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 0821385798

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 778

View: 8763

This book presents an in-depth review on the role of health care financing in improving access for low-income populations to needed care, protecting them from the impoverishing effects of illness, and addressing the important issues of social exclusion in government financed programs.

Report on Annual Survey

The Extent of Voluntary Health Insurance Coverage in the United States

Author: Health Insurance Council

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health insurance

Page: N.A

View: 2381

Health Financing Revisited

A Practitioner's Guide

Author: Pablo Enrique Gottret,George Schieber

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 082136586X

Category: Medical

Page: 318

View: 5032

This overview of health financing tools, policies and trends--with a particular focus on challenges facing developing countries--provides the basis for effective policy-making. Analyzing the current global environment, the book discusses health financing goals in the context of both the underlying health, demographic, social, economic, political and demographic analytics as well as the institutional realities faced by developing countries, and assesses policy options in the context of global evidence, the international aid architecture, cross-sectoral interactions, and countries' macroeconomic frameworks and overall development plans.

E-health

Current Situation and Examples of Implemented and Beneficial E-health Applications

Author: Ilias Iakovidis,Petra Wilson,Jean Claude Healy

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 1586034480

Category: Medical

Page: 251

View: 5434

In this book you can find exciting examples and best practices of e-Health solutions and description of past and present activities of European Commission in the area of e-Health. e-Health research is now bearing fruit and the European market is experiencing a growth in e-Health products and services. E-Health solutions are not only key tools of our current healthcare delivery systems, but they form the backbone of the modern citizen-centred systems towards which all European countries are now striving. While e-Health is still a growing research and development field, there are many mature results in the domain that can be used immediately as crucial instruments by healthcare authorities, professionals, patients, and citizens. In general, the proper use of information and communication technologies for data collection, processing and transfer, is the corner stone of productivity gain and re-engineering of all sectors that use large amounts of information and data. Health is an information-intensive sector. The potential benefit of a fully integrated information and communication technologies-based re-organisation is significant, since it will enable not only more efficiency in information processing but also impact beneficially on access and quality of care.

Health Care in Canada

A Citizen's Guide to Policy and Politics

Author: Katherine Fierlbeck

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442640030

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 382

View: 3200

Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system. Many Canadians point to health care as a source of national pride; others are highly critical of the system's shortcomings and call for major reform. Yet meaningful debate cannot occur without an understanding of how the system actually operates. In this overview, Fierlbeck outlines the basic framework of the health care system with reference to specific areas such as administration and governance, public health, human resources, drugs and drug policy, and mental health. She also discusses alternative models in other countries such as Britain, the United States, and France. As health care becomes increasingly complex, it is crucial that Canadians have a solid grasp of the main issues within both the policy and political environments. With its balanced and accessible assessment of the main political and theoretical debates, Health Care in Canada is an essential guide for anyone with a stake in Canada's health system.

Guide Pour L'élaboration Des Comptes Nationaux de la Santé

Author: World Health Organization,World Bank,United States. Agency for International Development

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9789241546072

Category: Medical

Page: 309

View: 2740

National health accounts are a key practical tool for policy-makers interested in evaluating and restructuring their nation's health care financing and assessing financial interventions to improve people's health. This publication provides guidance in developing socioeconomic information to help establish a framework for national health accounts, including defining health expenditure, acquiring and evaluating data, non-survey data sources, using surveys, estimation procedures and financing agents.

National Health Systems of the World

Author: Milton I. Roemer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199762678

Category: Medical

Page: 368

View: 3407

This is the companion to the comprehensive review of national health systems presented in Volume I. In that volume, the author analyzed the resources, organization, financing, management, and delivery of health services in 68 countries at diverse levels of economic development and political ideology. In Volume II, the principal issues in health systems across countries are carefully examined. These issues are categorized according to the several components by which national health systems may be analyzed. In the general field of health resources, Roemer discusses physicians and traditional healers, nurses, pharmacists, auxiliary health personnel, the background and distribution of hospitals and health centers, and the production and consumption of drugs. The sections of this important work elucidate the various issues surrounding the world's health systems. The scope and functions of Ministries of Health and social security programs for health care in different types of health systems are reviewed. The book recognizes the contributions of voluntary health agencies, as well as the characteristics of major services in the private sector of national economies. The serious implications of private profit in health systems and the benefits and difficulties of private/public sector relationships are also examined. This authoritative volume presents a global analyzation of economic and management support for national health systems including a discussion of world-wide expenditures according to the source of financing and the purposes for which money is spent. Special attention is also given to experiences in the delivery of health service including ambulatory and primary care, and equivalent analyses are made of world-wide delivery of hospital services, regionalization, and long-term care. Volume II concludes with a review of international health activities from the 19th century International Sanitary Conferences up to the present era of the World Health Organization. This critical work probes the political factors involved in this evolution. The last chapter summarizes major social trends in society, along with major trends in the health system components: resources, programs, economic support, management, and delivery of services.

One Nation, Uninsured

Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance

Author: Jill Quadagno

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199839735

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 8879

Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care insurance at all. One Nation, Uninsured offers a vividly written history of America's failed efforts to address the health care needs of its citizens. Covering the entire twentieth century, Jill Quadagno shows how each attempt to enact national health insurance was met with fierce attacks by powerful stakeholders, who mobilized their considerable resources to keep the financing of health care out of the government's hands. Quadagno describes how at first physicians led the anti-reform coalition, fearful that government entry would mean government control of the lucrative private health care market. Doctors lobbied legislators, influenced elections by giving large campaign contributions to sympathetic candidates, and organized "grassroots" protests, conspiring with other like-minded groups to defeat reform efforts. As the success of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-century led physicians and the AMA to start scaling back their attacks, the insurance industry began assuming a leading role against reform that continues to this day. One Nation, Uninsured offers a sweeping history of the battles over health care. It is an invaluable read for anyone who has a stake in the future of America's health care system.

Österreichische Schule für Anleger

Austrian Investing zwischen Inflation und Deflation

Author: Rahim Taghizadegan,Mark Valek,Ronald Stöferle

Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag

ISBN: 3862485951

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 3421

Auf den Finanzmärkten scheint der Wahnsinn zu regieren und auch viele Anleger werden von Wahn und Angst getrieben. Könnte alles falsch sein, was Sie über Vermögensanlage zu wissen glaubten? Die Ansätze der Österreichischen Schule bieten eine nötige Atempause für Anleger, die in inflationären Hamsterrädern gefangen sind. Konventionelle Anlageexperten übersehen oft wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen, die zur Gefahr für den Mainstreaminvestor werden können. Die Österreichische Schule der Ökonomie hingegen hat sich als unabhängiger Ansatz jenseits der Interessen von Politik und Banken bewährt. Das Finanzsystem steht vor einer großen Zerreißprobe. Dieses Buch weist Kleinsparern, professionellen Investoren und Vermögensberatern gleichermaßen neue Wege durch das finanzielle Erdbebengebiet zwischen den tektonischen Platten Inflation und Deflation. Die Autoren zeigen erstmalig, wie "Austrian Investing" in der Praxis funktioniert. Lernen Sie als Anleger, wie Sie die scheinbar komplexen und kaum durchschaubaren Zusammenhänge erkennen und davon profitieren können.

Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology, Adult Disorders

Author: Michel Hersen,Peter Sturmey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118144759

Category: Psychology

Page: 768

View: 2531

Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Psychology, Volume 2 covers the evidence-based practices now identified for treating adults with a wide range of DSM disorders. Topics include fundamental issues, adult cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders, psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders, and sexual disorders. Each chapter provides a comprehensive review of the evidence-based practice literature for each disorder and then covers several different treatment types for clinical implementation. Edited by the renowned Peter Sturmey and Michel Hersen and featuring contributions from experts in the field, this reference is ideal for academics, researchers, and libraries.

OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2013

Author: OECD

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264183191

Category:

Page: 112

View: 1974

OECD's 2013 Economic Survey of Israel examines recent economic developments, prospects and policies. Special chapters cover health care and the tax and transfer system.

Beyond Survival

Protecting Households from Health Shocks in Latin America

Author: Truman G. Packard,Cristian C. Baeza

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821365724

Category: Medical

Page: 192

View: 2608

'Beyond Survival' breaks new ground in the ongoing debate about health finance and financial protection from the costs of health care. The evidence and discussion support the need to consider financial protection, in addition to health status, as a policy objective when setting priorities for health systems. This book reviews the Latin American experience with health reform in the last 20 years and the fundamentals of health system financing, using new evidence to show the magnitude and mechanisms that determine the impoverishing effects of health events (diseases, accidents, and those of the life cycle). It provides options for policy makers on how to protect, and help household to protect themselves,against this impoverishment. The authors use empirical evidence from six case studies commissioned for this report, on Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico. This book provides policy makers with a solid conceptual basis for decisions on the contents of mandatory health insurance benefit packages, choices of financing mechanisms, and the roles of public policy in this field. 'Beyond Survival' provides an in-depth analysis of, and organizational alternatives for, risk pooling and health insurance for financial protection. It analyzes the urgent need to extend risk pooling to the informal sector, the challenges for current social insurance arrangements, and options for policy makers to effectively extend risk pooling to the informal sector.

Differential Diagnoses

A Comparative History of Health Care Problems and Solutions in the United States and France

Author: Paul V. Dutton

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801466407

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 5149

Although the United States spends 16 percent of its gross domestic product on health care, more than 46 million people have no insurance coverage, while one in four Americans report difficulty paying for medical care. Indeed, the U.S. health care system, despite being the most expensive health care system in the world, ranked thirty-seventh in a comprehensive World Health Organization report. With health care spending only expected to increase, Americans are again debating new ideas for expanding coverage and cutting costs. According to the historian Paul V. Dutton, Americans should look to France, whose health care system captured the World Health Organization's number-one spot. In Differential Diagnoses, Dutton debunks a common misconception among Americans that European health care systems are essentially similar to each other and vastly different from U.S. health care. In fact, the Americans and the French both distrust "socialized medicine." Both peoples cherish patient choice, independent physicians, medical practice freedoms, and private insurers in a qualitatively different way than the Canadians, the British, and many others. The United States and France have struggled with the same ideals of liberty and equality, but one country followed a path that led to universal health insurance; the other embraced private insurers and has only guaranteed coverage for the elderly and the very poor. How has France reconciled the competing ideals of individual liberty and social equality to assure universal coverage while protecting patient and practitioner freedoms? What can Americans learn from the French experience, and what can the French learn from the U.S. example? Differential Diagnoses answers these questions by comparing how employers, labor unions, insurers, political groups, the state, and medical professionals have shaped their nations' health care systems from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day.