Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115021
Authors: 
Leiter, Andrea
Theurl, Engelbert
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
NRN Working Paper, NRN: The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State 0912
Abstract: 
In this paper we concentrate on the question whether the financing structure of the health care systems converges. In a world of increasing economic integration convergence in health care financing (HCF) and, hence, decreasing differences in HCF across countries enhance individuals’ (labour) mobility and support harmonization processes. As an indicator for convergence we take the public financing ratio in % of total HCF and in % of GDP. The major finding is that HCF in the OECD countries converged in the time period 1970 – 2005. This conlusion also holds when looking at smaller sub groups of countries and shorter time periods. However, we find evidence that countries do not move towards a common mean and that the rate of convergence is decreasing over time.
Subjects: 
Convergence
health care system
health care financing
JEL: 
I11
I18
H55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
292.6 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.