Who should decide ? Qualitative analysis of panel data from public, patients, healthcare professionals, and insurers on priorities in health care.
To explore the arguments underlying the choices of patients, the public, general practitioners, specialists, and health insurers regarding priorities in health care.
A qualitative analysis of data gathered in a series of panels.
Members were asked to economise on the publicly funded healthcare budget, exemplified by 10 services.
From a medical point of view both panels of healthcare professionals thought most services were necessary.
The general practitioners tried to achieve the budget cuts by limiting access to services to those most in need of them or those who cannot afford to pay for them.
The specialists emphasised the possibilities of reducing costs by increasing the efficiency within services and preventing inappropriate utilisation The patients mainly economised by limiting universal access to preventive and acute services The « public » panels excluded services that are relatively inexpensive for individual patients Moreover, they emphasised the individual's own responsibility for health behaviour and the costs of health care, resulting in the choice for copayments.
The health insurers emphasised the importance of including services that relate to a risk only, as well as feasibility aspects.
There were substantial differences in the way the different groups approached the issue of what should be included in the basic package. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Malade, Médecin généraliste, Spécialité médicale, Economie santé, Enquête opinion, Prise décision, Service santé, Homme, Pays Bas, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Patient, General practitioner, Medical specialty, Health economy, Opinion inquiry, Decision making, Health service, Human, Netherlands, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0391839
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 12/09/1997.