Separating the Twins – June 23, 2008
The purchaser-provider split is one of the main findings in the Euro-Canada comparison. The top six providers – Austria, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden –have purchaser-provider splits, as do other countries trying to move up in the rankings.
Canada’s Doctor Shortage – June 13, 2008
There is a lose-lose scenario being played out among provincial governments in Canada: Governments are reluctant to pay for more doctors, as that would increase billings beyond what the governments, and by extension, the taxpayers are willing to pay. Taxpayers are reluctant to finance additional health-care costs, as they suspect governments are not the most efficient providers.
More Private Healthcare in Canada? – April 15, 2005
A new book puts Canada’s Medicare system in context by describing the private healthcare sector in other countries with universal access
The Catalan Health Care Model – April 24, 2003
On overview of the Catalan Healthcare model from Catalonia, Spain which features a purchaser-provider split.
Ten Myths about Canadian Medicare – January 17, 2003
A short critique of Canada's Medicare system which explores 10 common myths used by its defenders.
Sweden's Purchaser-Provider Split in Healthcare – October 1, 2000
For 500 years Sweden has been a uniform and centralized country. Today it is on the road to pluralism and stronger regional governments. Often the leader of new trends in Europe, Swedes are making it clear to their politicians that they want public policies which cater better to individual needs and preferences.