Purchasing to improve health systems performance (2005)



Edited by Josep Figueras, Ray Robinson & Elke Jakubowski
Published by Open University Press
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies series
2005, xx + 298 pages
ISBN 0 335 21367 7 (Paperback) £24.99
ISBN 0 335 21368 5 (Hardback) £65.00

Purchasing has a central role in many health system reforms, but there is very little evidence about its development or its real impact on societal objectives. This book addresses this gap and provides:

  • a comprehensive account of the theory and practice of purchasing for health services in Europe,
  • an up-to-date analysis of the evidence on different approaches to purchasing,
  • support for policy-makers and practitioners so they can formulate purchasing strategies that increase effectiveness and improve performance, and
  • an assessment of the intersecting roles of citizens, governments and providers.

This book is essential reading for health policy-makers, planners and managers, as well as researchers and students in health studies.