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.