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Multi-payer health insurance systems in Central and Eastern Europe: lessons from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia

Galina Besstremyannaya and Jaak Simm
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Jaak Simm: Tallinn University of Technology

No w0203, Working Papers from New Economic School (NES)

Abstract: Transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union introduced social health insurance (SHI) to foster universal coverage, stable financing revenues, and consumer euity through a principle of solidarity. In particular, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia emphasized managed between health insurance companies. Howevr, insufficient financing of the health care systems and excessive regulation led to deficienciesof the multi-payer SHI model in the three countries. The paper examines common trends in the development of the SHI systems in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia, and conducts empirical estimations with data for Russian regions.

Keywords: Social health insurance; infant mortality; maternal mortality; managed competition; transition economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2014-01
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