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Unintended consequences of expenditure targets on resource allocation in health systems

Guido Noto (), Paolo Belardi and Milena Vainieri

Health Policy, 2020, vol. 124, issue 4, 462-469

Abstract: In recent decades, several countries have reformed their health care systems leading to the devolution of power to a lower governance level and, subsequently, to re-centralisation. Due to the ambiguous results of these policies and the start of the financial crisis of 2008, a wide number of national governments implemented cutback initiatives aimed at controlling health expenditure. The literature shows that the introduction of such initiatives may have produced unintended consequences on health systems’ performance. In order to better understand the power relations and the resulting decision-making processes between national governments and local authorities, it is important to focus on the effects of such expenditure control mechanisms on the inputs of the health systems, i.e. the production factors.

Keywords: Unintended consequences; Resource allocation; Personnel; Health expenditure; Cutback (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2020.01.012

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