Health care system

For the essay, you have a choice from the following two options: (1) Pick one country and provide an in-depth and critical analysis of its healthcare system; or (2) Select several countries and compare their healthcare systems in relation to one of the themes covered in the course (e.g. healthcare system reforms, regulation of medical professionals). you are expected to submit a title, a brief description of your topic and a (short) bibliography for the essay.

If you want to choose option 1, please choose UK.

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Blank R.H. & Burau, V. (2004) Comparative health policy. ch.1, pp.1-31. Palgrave Macmillan. (JJ – 362.1 BLA)

Mechanic, D. & Rochefort, D.A. (1996) Comparative medical systems. Annual Review of Sociology 22, pp.239- 270. doi: 10.1146/annurev.soc.22.1.239


Organising a healthcare system


Blank, R. and Burau, V. (2004) Comparative health policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ch.2, pp.32- 68.

Hunter, DJ. (2003) Public health policy. Cambridge: Polity. ch.1, pp.1-30. (Health Sciences (HS) – 362.10942 HUN)

Marmor, T. and Wendt, C. (2012) Conceptual frameworks for comparing healthcare politics and policy. Health Policy 107, 1: pp.11-20.


Society and health – Public health issues


Blank, R. and Burau, V. (2004) Comparative health policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ch.7, pp.196- 235.

Turnock, B.J. (2007) Essentials of public health. ch.2 & ch.3, pp.21-72. (HS – 362.1 TUR)

Hunter, DJ. (2003) Public health policy. Cambridge: Polity. ch.2, pp.31-78.


Economy and healthcare systems


Mossialos, E. (2002) Funding health care: Options for Europe. Buckingham: Open University Press. ch.1, pp.1-30.

Maynard, A. (2005) The Public-Private Mix for Health. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose? ch.13, pp.279-292.

Barr, N. (2012) Economics of the Welfare State (5th Edition). Oxford University Press. ch.10, pp. 231 -265.


Politics and healthcare reforms – state versus market


Hunter, D.J. (2008) The Health Debate. Cambridge: The Polity Press, ch.2, pp.23-51 (JJ – 362.10942 HUN)

Maynard, A. (2005) The Public-Private Mix for Health. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose? ch.1, ch.2, and ch.14, pp.1-19, 293-309.


Medical professions and healthcare organisations


Blank, R. and Burau, V. (2004) Comparative health policy. Basingstoke: Palgrave, ch.5, pp.140- 169.

Waring, J. and Currie, G. (2009) Managing expert knowledge: organizational challenges and managerial futures for the UK medical profession. Organization Studies 30, pp.755-78.

Daniels, N. (2008) Medical professionalism and the care we should get. In Just health: Meeting health needs fairly. ch.8, pp. 218-239.


Regulating healthcare professionals and the healthcare sector


Walshe, K. (2003) Regulating healthcare: A prescription for improvement? Buckingham: Open University Press. ch.1 & ch.2, pp.1-48. (HS – 362.10942 WAL)

Smith, P. et al. (2012) Leadership and governance in seven developed health systems, Health Policy, 106, 1: 37-49.

de Vries et al. (2009) International comparison of ten medical regulatory systems. RAND Europe.


Holbrook, J. (2003) The criminalisation of fatal medical mistakes, BMJ 327, pp.1118-1119. doi: 10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1118


Quality and safety in healthcare systems


Wilson, L. & Goldschmidt, P. (1995) Background and context of quality management in Australia. In Quality management in health care, ch.2, ch.3, ch.4 & ch.5, pp.8-45.

Koutantji, M., Davis, R., Vincent, C. and Coulter, A. (2005) The patient’s role in patient safety: engaging patients, their representatives, and health professionals. Clinical Risk 11, pp.99- 104.

Runciman, W. et al. (2009) Towards an international classification for patient safety: Key concepts and terms. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 21:1, pp.18-26. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzn057


Technology and care systems


Gauld, R. (2014) How technology is reshaping the processes of providing health care for ageing populations. In: S. Harper & K. Hamblin (eds.) International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy, 332-341.

Bhavnani, S.P., Nurula, J., Sengupta, P.P. (2016) Mobile technology and the digitization of healthcare. European Hearth Journal, 37: 1428-1438.

Świtek, B. (2014) Representing the alternative: demographic change, migrant eldercare workers, and national imagination in Japan Contemporary Japan 26, 2, 263-280.

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