In many countries, health care reforms are being made with the purpose of stimulating actors to make economically sound decisions. Recent attempts in The Netherlands encompass the development and introduction of integrated health care arrangements. Since these arrangements are directly tailored to care demand, it is generally expected that integrated health care will enhance efficiency. This paper analyses whether a shift towards integrated health care actually represents a Pareto‐optimal change. An analysis of the consequences shows that care demanders, providers and informal care givers, to some extent and under certain conditions, can be expected to benefit from the introduction of integrated health care. Under long‐term considerations, the introduction of integrated care may be categorised as a potential Pareto‐improvement.
Paulus, A., van Raak, A., van Merode, F. and Adang, E. (2000), "Integrated health care from an economic point of view", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 200-210. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443580010326175
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