Health Law and Policy from East to West Analytical Perspectives and Comparative Case Studies Thomson Reuters

1 de julio de 2021









Health Law and Policy from East to West: Analytical Perspectives and Comparative Case Studies», edited by Katherine Fierlbeck & Joaquín Cayón-De las Cuevas (Thomson Reuters) seeks to identify and examine key analytical issues in contemporary health care systems in a comparative context. The contributions focus particularly on interdisciplinary debates where legal discussions intersect with policy deliberation: the purpose of the volume is to dissect tensions in health care systems that cannot effectively be understood within the discrete boundaries of either legal discourse or policy analysis alone.


This book surveys some of the most significant topics in recent health systems analysis (the role of rights in health care provision, the fluctuating level and type of health insurance coverage across states, and important shifts in legal frameworks impacting the provision of health care). The contributions to the volume document how these trends converge or diverge across jurisdictions, but they also probe the interplay of these variables (does the existence of a justiciable “right” to health care lead to better insurance coverage, or to a more thoroughgoing  focus on public health measures. While some major Western European states (United Kingdom, Italy, Spain) are represented in this discussion, the work includes other Eastern European and Euro-Asian nations that have been neglected in much of the literature on comparative health systems. Thus, it is focused on newly democratic Eastern states, as they are still in the process of significant reform, and are still finding their way. In this regard, we have included analyses of Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Kazahstan, Azerbajan, and Georgia, written by legal advisors and early-career researchers who are intimately familiar not only with the state’s laws and policies, but also the wider social and political context which gives these health care systems their particular characteristics. To this mix, Brazil has also been added as a particularly useful complement to the discussion since it is one of the few large states to acknowledge the existence of a justiciable health care right.


According to this approach, this volume shows an interesting way to bring together disciplines (health law/health policy), approaches (international/national) and career status of contributors (seniors/juniors).  These intersections provide a clear focal point for the comparative study of health law and policy, for the diffusion of high-quality information, and for the training of new scholars and policy analysts.


This publication is one of the outcomes of the Jean Monnet Network in Health Law and Policy, a project co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Program, led by Dalhousie University. IDIVAL, through the Research Group of Health Law & Bioethics, is partner of this Network.  


See Table of Contents here (link)