A Changing Social Context.- Moving Along a Continuum.- Promoting and Opposing the Market.- The Arguments.- The Effects.- Consequences for Health Care Systems.- Health Care and the Economic Order.- Health Care Dynamics.- The Influence of the European Union.- Investing in Health Care.- Health Care Reforms.- The Effects.- Reflections.- The Social Context Reconsidered.- On Managing Health Care.- Epilogue.- Epilogue.
"This 12-chapter volume discusses the history, development, and future directions of the EU health care systems. The author describes how health care, economics, and politics are intertwined in society. The influence of 2 extremes, private initiative and commanding government, is reviewed. Movements of societies between these extremes and their consequences are described. The foundation of the EU health care systems, namely solidarity in access to health care, is now at risk because of movement to an exclusive free market model. Ideas about building a strong economy within the EU while taking care of the needy, including solidarity in health care, are discussed. This important, timely, and well-referenced text clearly points out the consequences of free market economics vs. economics overseen by commanding governments and their effects on health care systems." Dietlind L. Wahner-Roedler, MD, Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN