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Private medical insurance in the United Kingdom

Foubister, Thomas, Thomson, Sarah, Mossialos, Elias ORCID: 0000-0001-8664-9297 and McGuire, Alistair (2006) Private medical insurance in the United Kingdom. World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark. ISBN 9289022884

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In comparative studies of health care, the United Kingdom’s health care system continues to be categorized as public (in terms of both financing and provision). Nevertheless, over 11% of the United Kingdom population has private medical insurance, which is an important contributor to the country’s health economy (the market being worth almost £3 billion a year). This study provides an introductory overview of an often-ignored and significantly under-researched area. The study is structured according to the three key dimensions of the market for private medical insurance: the product, demand and supply. It also includes a short appendix on the market for health cash plans – an alternative form of private cover for medical expenses with relatively broad take-up. The introduction provides a classification of forms of voluntary health insurance and places private medical insurance within the wider United Kingdom health care system.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: © 2006 World Health Organization, on behalf of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Divisions: Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2008 08:33
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:23

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