Arbetsrapport, Institutet för Framtidsstudier - Institute for Futures Studies
Health Care Developments in EU Member States: Regressing Trensds and Institutional Similarity?
() and Kenneth Nelson
Due to various structural pressures predictions of
retrenchment and conformity of social policies have been legion, both in
terms of expenditure and institutional set-up. Recent research has focused
on changes in cash benefits. Comparative analyses of changes in services,
the other pillar of social policy, have however so far been limited to a
few countries. The purpose of this paper is to perform a diachronical
cross-national analysis of health care services. We thus raise questions of
decline and convergence of European health care systems. Contrary to
previous claims we find that European health care systems are not
particularly hit by retrenchment and convergence is absent in key health
care dimensions, namely coverage, financing and provision. The empirical
analysis is based on institutional indicators rather than expenditure
levels. We utilize OECD Health Data and provide both a descriptive analysis
and multi-level regressions.
Keywords: Health care; Citizenship rights; EU; welfare; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I11; I18; I38; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, October 5, 2010
ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-68-9
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