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The Economics of New Health TechnologiesIncentives, organization, and financing$
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Joan Costa-Font, Christophe Courbage, and Alistair McGuire

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550685

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550685.001.0001

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Technological change and health insurance *

Technological change and health insurance *

(p.93) Chapter 6 Technological change and health insurance*
The Economics of New Health Technologies

Peter Zweifel

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there is a dual causal link between technological change and insurance. On the one hand, technological change often presents new opportunities, but also challenges to insurers. However, what has been rarely recognized up to now is that insurance may also induce technological change, in the guise of both product innovation and process innovation. The first part of the chapter discusses the impact of innovation on insurance, followed by innovation in medicine and its impact on health insurance. The second half is devoted to the reverse causal relationship, starting with the feedback from insurance to innovation, in general, and ending with the feedback from health insurance to technological change in medicine.

Keywords:   technological change, health insurance, technological innovation, medical innovation, product innovation, process innovation

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