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Purchasing to Improve Health Systems Performance

Author: Figueras, Josep
Binding: 7
Pages: 320
Pub Date: 01/03/2005
ISBN: 9780335213672
Availability: In Stock
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Quick overview This book addresses the gap of areas of the central role the purchasing function plays in many health system reforms and provides an up-to-date analysis of the evidence on different approaches to purchasing and support for policy-makers and practitioners as they formulate purchasing strategies.
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Strategic purchasing is a central function for improving health systems performance. Countries are increasingly moving away from passive purchasing arrangements towards strategic forms of purchasing. Part One of this book contains an overview of purchasing arrangements in the European Region, together with an assessment of the performance of different purchasing models in terms of health gain, efficiency, equity, responsiveness and accountability. Part Two has detailed chapters on the theories of purchasing; the role of purchaser and provider markets; consumer participation in purchasing decisions; defining public health objectives; the government's stewardship role; purchaser-provider contracts; financial incentives; the role of provider organisations; clinical governance and purchasing for quality of care.

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