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Health care payment incentives : A comparative analysis of reforms in Taiwan, Korea and China

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  • Health care payment incentives
  • Cho, Hong-Jun
  • Tufts University


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Title Health care payment incentives
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A comparative analysis of reforms in Taiwan, Korea and China

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Author(English)

Cho, Hong-Jun

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Medford, U.S.:Tufts University

Date 2014
Pages 40
Subject Country China(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Social Development < Health
Holding Tufts University

Abstract

Payment incentives have significant consequences for the equity and efficiency of a health care system, and have recently come to the fore in health policy reforms. This paper first discusses the economic rationale for apparent international convergence toward payment systems with mixed demand and supplyside cost sharing. We then summarize the recent payment reforms undertaken in Taiwan, Korea and China. Available evidence clearly indicates that incentives matter, and that supply-side cost sharing in particular can improve efficiency without undermining equity. Further study and monitoring of quality and selection is warranted.