Comparing health policy: An assessment of typologies of health systems

Journal title SALUTE E SOCIETÀ
Author/s Viola Burau, Robert H. Blank
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/Suppl. 2
Language Italian Pages 19 P. 197-215 File size 599 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2010-SU2012
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Typologies have been central to the comparative turn in public policy and this paper contributes to the debate by assessing the capacity of typologies of health systems to capture the institutional context of health care and to contribute to explaining health policies across countries. Using a recent comparative study of health policy and focusing on the concept of the health care state the paper suggests three things. First, the concept of the health care state holds as a set of ideal types. Second, as such the concept of the health care state provides a useful springboard for analyzing health policy, but one which needs to be complemented by more specific institutional explanations. Third, the concept of the health care state is less applicable to increasingly important, non-medical areas of health policy. Instead, different aspects of institutional context come into play and they can be combined as part of a looser ‘‘organizing framework’’.

Keywords: European Social Survey (ESS), review, methodology, health, socioeconomic inequalities, comparative health research

Viola Burau, Robert H. Blank, Comparare le politiche sanitarie: una valutazione delle tipologie di sistemi sanitari in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" Suppl. 2/2010, pp 197-215, DOI: 10.3280/SES2010-SU2012