The Dictionary of Health Economics, Third Edition
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The Dictionary of Health Economics, Third Edition

Anthony J. Culyer

This third edition of Anthony Culyer’s authoritative The Dictionary of Health Economics brings the material right up to date as well as adding plentiful amounts of new information, with a number of revised definitions. There are now nearly 3,000 entries in this comprehensive work. This third edition includes 250 new references as sources for definitions and examples of practice and the bibliography comprises roughly 1,400 items. Anthony Culyer has refined and made the system of cross-references and internet links even more comprehensive than in previous editions. This Dictionary is as complete a statement as exists anywhere of what it is that every health economist ought to know.
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Anthony J. Culyer

The idea that the quality of health care provider performance can be enhanced by publishing information about outcomes (as distinct from merely collecting such information) goes back to the pioneering work in England of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), William Farr (1807–1883) and Ernest Codman (1869–1940) in the USA. In the US, a major contemporary impetus for such publication has come from managed care and third party payers’ concerns about cost escalation and the large geographical variations in outcomes. In the UK, the main impetus seems to have been the manifest failure of self-regulation in the NHS as revealed by a series of scandals in the 1990s. See Information Asymmetry, Information Bias, Information Cost, Information in Decision Making. See Mason and Street (2005).