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Private Health Insurance

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Private Health Insurance. Canada's restrictions on the role of private health insurance for publicly insured physician and hospital services are unique among countries with universal, publicly funded health care systems. Some argue for a relaxation of these restriction in order to reduce pressures on the public system and increase efficiency through greater competition. "Parallel Private Health Insurance in Australia: A Cautionary Tale and Lessons for Canada" explores the experience of the Australian system of parallel finance for inpatient hospital services. By Jeremiah Hurley, Rhema Vaithianathan, Thomas F. Crossley, and Deborah Cobb-Clark.

 

By Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australia, Canada.

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User Charges in Health Care

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User Charges in Health Care. The public expenditure burden of ageing populations in developed countries is of great concern to many policymakers. Deborah Freund and Timothy Smeeding argue for user charges for health care for older people - as older people are both increasingly able and willing to pay "The Future Costs of Health Care in Aging Societies: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?" is published by the Social Policy Research Centre.

 

By Social Policy Research Centre, Australia.

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Drug Courts

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Drug Courts. Toni Makkai, in "Drugs Courts: Issues and Prospects", outlines issues and arguments related to the establishment of treatment-oriented drug courts. The paper, published in 1998, draws on USA experience with drug courts and discusses some of the potential problems in establishing such programs in Australia. Since then drug courts have been introduced in several Australian jurisdictions. Click here for more details and links to the legislation setting up the courts.

 

By Australian Institute of Criminology, US.

Health Policy Resource.