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The Structure and Financing of Health Care Systems Affected How Providers Coped With COVID‐19

Waitzberg, Ruth; Quentin, Wilm; Webb, Erin; Glied, Sherry

Policy Points - We compared the structure of health care systems and the financial effects of the COVID‐19 pandemic on health care providers in the United States, England, Germany, and Israel: systems incorporating both public and private insurers and providers. - The negative financial effects on health care providers have been more severe in the United States than elsewhere, owing to the prevalence of activity‐based payment systems, limited direct governmental control over available provider capacity, and the structure of governmental financial relief. - In a pandemic, activity‐based payment reverses the conventional financial positions of payers and providers and may prevent providers from prioritizing public health because of the desire to avoid revenue loss caused by declines in patient visits.
Published in: The Milbank Quarterly, 10.1111/1468-0009.12530, Wiley