Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/29984
Authors: 
Kumpmann, Ingmar
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IWH Discussion Papers 1/2008
Abstract (Translated): 
Many health economists demand more competition in the health care system. They focus on the competition between sickness funds for insured and the competition between health care providers for contracts with sickness funds. But they neglect the competition between health care providers for patients which is crucial for medical quality. This third field of competition is in conflict with the two former fields. The empirical evidence concerning the effects of competition on cost and quality is also ambiguous. Thus the mere claim for "more competition" does not do justice to the high complexity of the health care system.
Subjects: 
health care system
competition
free choice of medical practitioner
JEL: 
I11
I18
D61
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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