Medicine And Books

Fixing Health Budgets: Experience from Europe and North America

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1424
  1. Lois Quam, chief executive officer
  1. AARP/United division, United Healthcare, Minneapolis, USA

    Ed Friedrich Wilhelm Schwartz, Howard Glennerster, Richard B Saltman / Wiley, £40, pp 300 / ISBN 0 471 96497 2

    A budget does not a priority make. This insight is the common theme through this book. Budgets cap expenditure, but they do not ensure that expenditure is wisely used. Nor do budgets ensure that monies are targeted to priority areas. Fixing Health Budgets combines a theoretical discussion with descriptions of the use of budgets in health care in Britain, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Austria, and the Netherlands. It also includes a discussion of …

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