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Publication Details

The choice agenda in European health systems: the role of middle-class demands
Costa-Font J, Zigante V (2016)
Public Money and Management 36 6 409-416
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1206748 (available online 11 July 2016)
Abstract: Choice for patients, over varying aspects of healthcare, is becoming an increasingly common feature in Europe, especially in tax-funded healthcare systems. This paper investigates patientsí choice of healthcare provider. The middle class, in countries implementing choice reforms, is shown to have a pronounced preference for the availability of choice as a component of a quality healthcare system. Important implications of this for theory and policy are discussed.