Single-Source Financing Systems: A Solution for the United States?
Saltman, Richard B.
JAMA. 1992 Aug 12; 268(6): 774-779.
Although tax-based and social insurance-based forms of single-source financing differ in how they raise funds, they share a common set of structural characteristics. In particular, they both enable publicly accountable authorities to control aggregate expenditure levels by creating a countervailing power to pressures for increased expenditures for providers. While major reform initiatives are underway in European single-source financing systems, these initiatives have so far sought to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and/or responsiveness to patterns of service delivery without reducing their commitment to universal access to necessary care. The article concludes with a review of the advantages and disadvantages that could accompany the introduction of a single-source financing system in the United States.
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