Pharmaceutical benefits in Australia and Sweden: welfare policy and the cost of prescription drugs

Lofgren, Hans 2001, Pharmaceutical benefits in Australia and Sweden: welfare policy and the cost of prescription drugs, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 207-220.

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Title Pharmaceutical benefits in Australia and Sweden: welfare policy and the cost of prescription drugs
Author(s) Lofgren, Hans
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 36
Issue number 3
Start page 207
End page 220
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Place of publication Redfern, N.S.W.
Publication date 2001-08
ISSN 0157-6321
1839-4655
Summary Pharmaceutical benefits provide a stable framework within which consumers, prescribers, suppliers, pharmacists and other actors undertake transactions. The state in effect delivers a good that enhances individual autonomy. A major reason for the legitimacy enjoyed by pharmaceutical benefits in both Australia and Sweden is that these programs have strong attributes of universalism (rather than targeting). Sweden's predominantly public health system allows greater scope for pharmaceutical policy innovation. Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), while historically resilient and effective, is now wedged precariously between traditional considerations of equity and public health on the one hand, and constant pressure for increased marketisation on the other.
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Australian Council of Social Service
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001083

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Australian and International Studies
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