Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2010:9: (Re)centralizing tendencies within Health Care Services: Implementation of a new idea?

Renate Minas ()
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Renate Minas: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: Institute for Futures Studies, Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Decentralization has been for many years a widespread trend in health care sectors throughout Europe. Yet, more recently, a new host of reforms is observable implying an ambition of some states to regain lost control. What is the general trend of (re)centralisation about and what happens when reforms promoting (re)centralisation are translated in different national contexts; e.g. in what way contextual factors modify a general trend? The establishment of regional health authorities in Norway and regional hospital agencies in France will be used as examples to analyze the spreading and transformation of (re)centralisation.

Keywords: Health Care; Decentralization; (Re)centralization; National contexts; Contextual factors; Norway; France

JEL-codes: I11; I18

28 pages, October 15, 2010

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN: 1652-120X ISBN: 978-91-85619-70-2

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