The Politics of Health Care Provision in Disadvantaged Regions: Germany, France, England, and Sweden Compared
Our paper is developed in the context of an international research project comparing national policy strategies for the supply of outpatient medical care in disadvantaged regions. The project just took up and is co-funded by the German Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and the French National Research Agency (Agence nationale de la recherche, ANR). We aim at analyzing how problems are being perceived and attempts for problem-solving regulation are being designed in these countries. Policy instruments chosen resp. envisaged may range from financial incentives for health professionals to settle in disadvantaged areas to a reorganisation of supply structures and a redefinition of health workers’ roles. Thus, our project seeks to explore the change of the regulatory and institutional structures in different health care systems.