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Health Care Reform

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Author(s): Butz, Norbert
[German Version] The reform of health care denotes the legal measures that are put in place to limit ¶ the increase in the percentage taken by health care expenditure in the Gross National Product. In this respect, almost all reform measures taken by Western European states have had the primary goal of curbing costs. Further and often subordinate goals have been the leveling of inequalities in the health care of certain population groups as well as the improvement of the control of particular disease patterns (Sic…


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Author(s): Butz, Norbert | Klessmann, Michael
[German Version] I. Charitable Institutions – II. Social Sciences – III. Practical Theology I. Charitable Institutions Christian antiquity was already familiar with various kinds of “Xenodochium,” such as hospitals for the sick, foundlings, etc. While the independent hospital continued in the Byzantine realm, the Western hospital in the early and High Middle Ages was not an independen…