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Market Empowerment of the Patient: The French Experience

Philippe Batifoulier (), Jean-Paul Domin and Maryse Gadreau

Review of Social Economy, 2011, vol. 69, issue 2, 143-162

Abstract: Through analysis of the French experience, this article explores the way economic policy has sought to encourage active, well-informed patients by giving them market power. The new status of the patient as consumer is based on two foundations: the endeavour to build a healthcare market and the activation of demand-based policies. The keystone of this new system is a conception of the market as a process constructed by economic policy. Recent measures such as the standardization of care and the introduction of incentives to respect a treatment pathway then constitute effective levers to establish a free-market rationale.

Keywords: institutional change; health demand; marketization; active patient; French health system (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/00346760903480566

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