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Health insurance reform in the Netherlands and in Hungary : a comparative analysis

Kis, Gergely (2007) Health insurance reform in the Netherlands and in Hungary : a comparative analysis.

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Abstract:The paper concerns analyzing the similarities and differences between the current reform in the field of health insurance system in Hungary and in the Netherlands. The Hungarian health care system started a far-reaching program of modernization in 2006. One of the cornerstones of the program is the reform of health insurance. This is on the political agenda for 2007 and it is a highly delicate issue. The transition of the healthcare insurance system in the Netherlands recently, attracted the attention of the Hungarian government, since the Dutch model is regarded as a potential blueprint for Hungary. The main aim of this paper is to point out the most important aspects of the reforms relating to efficiency, equity and sustainability. These values might contradict each other or at least trade-offs can emerge between them (Stone, 2002). The paper also takes into consideration the different historical paths of the countries involved as a deterministic variable of the current situation. Moreover, the paper aims to enlighten the most important hindering and supporting features of the reform in Hungary. The research question of this paper is: “What lessons might Hungary learn from The Netherlands with respect reforming in the health insurance system?”
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/57956
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