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Cost-containment in health care: The case of Spain from the eighties up to 1997
López, Guillem
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the evolutionof health care expenditure in Spain during the period 1980-1997, andhenceforth to comment on the cost containment measures put forwardto control its growth. The paper is divided into three separatesections. The first offers a brief description of the Spanish HealthCare System, with emphasis placed on the issue of expenditure controland health planning targets. The second part outlines a set of costcontainment measures that has accompanied the process of extendinguniversal health care coverage which occurred during the mentionedperiod and which has helped keep public expenditure under control.Finally, the third part describes some of the more recent proposalsfor reform of the Spanish Health Care Sector.
2005-09-15
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
cost containment
health care
the spanish nhs
health economics
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