Insights from Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands
Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands each use different degrees of market competition, government intervention, and rationing in the health care marketplace. Canada differs most from the United States in its reliance on a single-payer rather than a multipayer system. Both Israel and the Netherlands have a multipayer system but put greater stress on distributional equity than does the United States. None of the three countries makes use of the employer in the provision of health insurance. An analysis of each of the three systems will explain the relative doses of competition, regulation, and rationing that might be used in the financing of health care in the United States.
KeywordsHealth Care System Cost Containment Sickness Fund Benefit Package Distributional Equity
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