Critical challenges for health care reform in Europe (1998)

Edited by Richard B. Saltman, Josep Figueras and Constantino Sakellarides
Published by Open University Press
Series State of Health (Series Editor: Chris Ham)
October 1998, 424 pages
ISBN 0 335 19970 4 (Paperback) £19.99
ISBN 0 335 19971 2 (Hardback) £60.00

Winner of the 1999 European Health Management Association Baxter Award

Emanating from the WHO Conference on European Health Care Reforms, held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in June 1996, this volume explores the central issues driving the present process of health care reform in Europe. In 17 chapters commissioned by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, scholars and policy-makers from all parts of Europe draw together the available evidence from epidemiology and public health, economics, public policy, organizational behaviour and management theory as well as real world policy-making experience, to lay out the options that health sector decision-makers confront. Through its cross-disciplinary, cross-national approach, the book highlights the underlying trends that now influence health policy formulation across the European Region. An authoritative introduction provides a broad synthesis of present trends and strategies in European health policy.