Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Health Insurance

Aida Isabel Tavares

University of Lisbon

Aside from her position at Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon, Prof. Aida Isabel Tavares also collaborates with the Centre of Studies and Research in Health of the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her research areas include health economics and policy, health systems, socioeconomic determinants of health, regulation in health markets, and economic evaluation.

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Health Systems Health Policies Health Coverage Health Care Access Premium Health Insurance Competition Moral Hazard Health Care Utilisation Adverse Selection Risk Selection Risk Aversion Chronic Illnesses

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Health insurance is the mechanism used to respond to uncertainty and risk aversion of people. Health systems are the umbrella structure that accommodates health insurance in each country. There are public and private health insurances, voluntary or compulsory, financed by taxes, social contributions, or direct payments. Health insurances face two major problems of asymmetric information, moral hazard, and adverse selection. Moral hazard causes excess use of health care services and excess health expenditures; adverse selection, in the limit, collapses the market. Health insurance uses different approaches to limit moral hazard intensity and to deal with the risk selection of people. There is another form of asymmetric information which arises from doctor-patient relationship which could also result in excess use of resources due to induced demand. Differences in health insurance are significant between low-, middle- and high-income countries. This book is about these set of issues concerning health insurance in different health systems around the world.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: November 4th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: January 31st 2022

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: April 21st 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: June 20th 2022

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About the editor

Aida Isabel Tavares

University of Lisbon

Aida Isabel Tavares holds a Ph.D. in Economic Analysis, awarded by the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2008. She has been dedicated to research in Applied Health Economics and published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She has also published one book in public economics. Her research areas include health economics and policy, health systems, socioeconomic determinants of health, regulation in health markets, and economics evaluation. Prof. Tavares has also been teaching at different universities, specifically courses related to microeconomics, public economics, and health economics. Currently, she is collaborating with the Centre of Studies and Research in Health of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and she is an Assistant Professor in Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon.

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