Commentary: Behind the Ideology and Theory: What is the Empirical Evidence for Medical Savings Accounts?

  title={Commentary: Behind the Ideology and Theory: What is the Empirical Evidence for Medical Savings Accounts?},
  author={William C. Hsiao},
  journal={Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law},
  pages={733 - 737}
  • W. Hsiao
  • Published 1 August 2001
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Singapore’s Medisave scheme has attracted widespread interest around the globe, due to its innovative ideas and the salesmanship of Singapore’s leaders (Kwa 1994; Nichols, Prescott, and Phua 1997; Phua 1997). While countries as different as the United States, South Africa, and China have adopted some of the core ideas of Medisave, its impacts have not been critically examined. The essay “Medical Savings Accounts in Singapore: A Critical Inquiry,” by Michael Barr, attempts to partially fill this… 
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