Lessons on Coverage from Abroad: How Do the Dutch, German and Swiss Health Care Systems Do It?

Source: Alliance for Health Reform and Commonwealth Fund, November 14, 2008

The pre-election debate put health care reform ideas front and center. Now policymakers now have to deal with translating theory into action under challenging economic conditions. Why completely reinvent the wheel when there are existing universal coverage systems that may have components the U.S. can learn from? This briefing, cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund, provided an in-depth look at the very different approaches of Switzerland, Germany and Holland to providing near-universal coverage to their citizens. How is coverage provided in each system? How successful is each in achieving maximum coverage? What are the roles of private insurance and government in each? What mechanisms are in place, if any, to help each system manage in difficult economic times?
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