Financing, Personal

Publication Title: 
Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C.: 1974)

Women can adopt health practices that will help them to maintain good health throughout their various life stages. Women can take charge of their health by maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet, exercising, and using common sense. Women can also employ known preventive measures against osteoporosis, stroke, lung and breast cancer and accidents. Because women experience increased longevity and may require long-term care with age, the need for restructuring the nation's care system for the elderly becomes an important women's health concern.

Author(s): 
Newman, D. M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Critics of emerging adulthood theory have suggested that it only applies to college students, but this assertion has largely gone untested. The purpose of the present study was to compare developmental trajectories of non-students versus college-educated youth in theoretically relevant domains of work, love, and financial independence.

Author(s): 
Mitchell, Lauren L.
Syed, Moin
Publication Title: 
Health Policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

INTRODUCTION: Throughout the 1990s, in response to funding deficits, out-of-pocket payment has grown as a share of total expenditure in countries in transition. A clear policy response to informal payments is, however, lacking. The current study explores informal payments in Bulgaria within a conceptual framework developed by triangulating information using a variety of methodologies. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the scale and determinants of informal payments in the health sector of Bulgaria and to identify who benefits, the characteristics and timing of payments, and the reasons for paying.

Author(s): 
Balabanova, Dina
McKee, Martin
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

Informal payments are known to be widespread in the post-communist health care systems of Central and Eastern Europe. However, their role and nature remains contentious with the debate characterized by much polemic. This paper aims to make sense of this debate by reviewing and summarizing the main arguments of the theoretical debate in Hungary. The review examines the possible causes of informal payment, the motivation of the actors involved and the impact of informal payment on system performance, focusing on efficiency and equity.

Author(s): 
Gaal, Peter
McKee, Martin
Publication Title: 
Social Science & Medicine (1982)

As governments seek to expand access to quality health care services, policy makers in many countries are confronting the problem of informal payments to medical personnel. The aim of this study was to help health planners in Albania understand informal payments occurring in government health facilities. Researchers used in-depth interviews and focus groups with 131 general public and provider informants in three districts.

Author(s): 
Vian, Taryn
Gryboski, Kristina
Grybosk, Kristina
Sinoimeri, Zamira
Hall, Rachel
Publication Title: 
BMC health services research

BACKGROUND: Previous studies on informal patient payments have mostly focused on the magnitude and determinants of these payments while the attitudes of health care actors towards these payments are less well known. This study aims to reveal the attitudes of Hungarian health care consumers towards informal payments to provide a better understanding of this phenomenon. METHODS: For the analysis, we use data from a survey carried out in 2010 in Hungary involving a representative sample of 1037 respondents.

Author(s): 
Baji, Petra
Pavlova, Milena
Gul·csi, L·szlÛ
Groot, Wim
Publication Title: 
The European journal of health economics: HEPAC: health economics in prevention and care

BACKGROUND: Under-the-table informal payments are commonplace as reimbursements for health care services in Greece. As the country faces a severe financial crisis, the need to investigate the extent of such payments, their incidence and their impact on household income is pressing. METHODS: A survey of 2,741 persons from across the country was conducted between December 2011 and February 2012. The sample was defined via a multistage selection process using a quota for municipality of residence, sex and age. The maximum error margin was 2.41% with a confidence interval of 95%.

Author(s): 
Souliotis, Kyriakos
Golna, Christina
Tountas, Yannis
Siskou, Olga
Kaitelidou, Daphne
Liaropoulos, Lycourgos
Publication Title: 
Health Affairs (Project Hope)

Research has demonstrated that Medicare beneficiaries with drug coverage consume more clinically essential drugs. However, generosity of coverage varies considerably across beneficiaries. This study examines the association between types of drug coverage and the consumption and cost per tablet of essential antihypertensive medications among beneficiaries with hypertension.

Author(s): 
Adams, A. S.
Soumerai, S. B.
Ross-Degnan, D.
Publication Title: 
Health Services Research

OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of parity in mental health benefits on the marginal prices that consumers face for mental health treatment. DATA SOURCES/DATA COLLECTION: We used detailed information on health plan benefits for a nationally representative sample of the privately insured population under age 65 taken from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (Edwards and Berlin 1989). The survey was carefully aged and reweighted to represent 1995 population and coverage characteristics.

Author(s): 
Zuvekas, S. H.
Banthin, J. S.
Selden, T. M.
Publication Title: 
Medical care research and review: MCRR

The authors examine the generosity of private employer health insurance coverage using data from two large national surveys of employers. Generosity is measured as the expected out-of-pocket share of medical expenditures for a standard population, given the provisions of the coverage. On average, those covered by employer-sponsored insurance can expect to pay 25 percent of expenditures out of pocket. There is little variability across plans in this share, though plans offered by smaller employers are somewhat less generous than those offered by larger employers.

Author(s): 
Gabel, Jon R.
Long, Stephen H.
Marquis, M. Susan

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