Private sector in public health care systems

Master thesis Czech RESTRICTED
Matějusová, Lenka (2008)
  • Publisher: Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze
  • Subject: Ambulatory treatment; Ambulantní sféra; Healt care systems; Public and private expanditures in healt care system; Zdravotnické systémy; Veřejné zdravotnictví; Public health care system; Veřejné a soukromé výdaje do zdravotnictví
    mesheuropmc: health care economics and organizations

This master thesis is trying to describe the situation of private sector in public health care systems. As a private sector we understand patients, private health insurance companies and private health care providers. The focus is placed on private health care providers, especially in ambulatory treatment. At first there is a definition of health as a main determinant of a health care systems, definition of public and private sectors in health care systems and the difficulties at the market of health care, including externalities, inperfect information and elasticity of supply and demand at this market. There is also the problem of financing health care as a mix of public and private payments, which is different in every health care system. The main focus is laid on the situation in the Czech republic. As a comparison there are described situations in Denmark, Germany, Great Britain and United States. The size of private sector in every health care system is different and it depends on different circumstances in particular state, including social-economic development, regulation of health care market from the state and the attitude of patients to private health care.
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