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Comparative analysis of health care reforms in Germany and the UK in order to deal with increased health expenditures arising from population aging between 2000 and 2010

Schulz, S. (2013) Comparative analysis of health care reforms in Germany and the UK in order to deal with increased health expenditures arising from population aging between 2000 and 2010.

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Abstract:The thesis deals with countries facing rising health expenditures from aging populations and the health care reforms they implement in order to deal with this problem. It answers the main research question ‘What health care reforms did the United Kingdom and Germany come up with during the period 2000 to 2010 in order to deal with aging populations?’ It is interesting to see whether the two most different systems react similarly or differently to the same problem. Moreover, it is analyzed whether the implemented policy changes are in line with predictions from theory on welfare states and health care systems. The concepts and indicators of these theories create the basis of the analysis of the thesis. The comparative analysis with longitudinal design makes use of data derived from statistical data bases as well as scholarly literature and legislative documents. The paper is structured along the research question and sub-questions and divided into seven chap-ters. First of all, the theoretical framework is set up, outlining concepts and indicators from theory, followed by the research methodology. Afterwards, there is a chapter on Germany describing the health care system, the implemented reforms and closes with the analysis of these reforms. Thereaf-ter, a chapter follows which is structured similarly but dealing with the UK. In the sixth chapter a comparison of the analyzed reforms in both countries is made. Lastly, the conclusion of the research is drawn. The thesis aims at contributing to the existing body of knowledge, by analyzing reforms between 2000 and 2010. Until now the majority of research is focusing on reforms before 2000. Furthermore, the topic of population aging is becoming ever more present.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62688
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