Special Issue "Health Market: Incentives and Competition"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2013)
Prof. Dr. Ching-To Albert Ma
Department of Economics, Boston University, 270 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA
Interests: incentives and payment design in the health market; competition in the health market; interaction between public and private health sectors
The health care market continues its growth in many economies. Stakeholders’ foremost concern is the cost of health care. For example, the upcoming health care reform in the United States will begin by the mandate that consumers have health insurance. An additional 30 to 40 million Americans acquiring health insurance will lead to higher health care expenditure if costs and prices stay constant. The US Affordable Care act therefore must proceed to initiate cost-control measures. Other economies face similar issues. Those countries that have already instituted universal health insurance or services are mindful of the high cost. Competition policies and incentive designs are the instruments that may advert rising costs. The complexity in the health care market makes the research on such policies and designs both exciting and difficult. Furthermore, recent advances in behavioral and information economics have yet to impact fully research on payment methods, quantity controls, horizontal and vertical mergers, entries and exits. This special issue has a broad focus on incentive and competition in relation to the health market as its goal is to publish a collection of state-of-the-art research articles. Both theoretical and empirical submissions are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Ching-To Albert Ma
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- incentive design
- competition policy
- payment mechanism
- quantity control
- managed care
- health insurance
- health care delivery