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Bundling in General Markets and in Health Care Systems

Dassiou, X., Glycopantis, D. and Stavropoulou, C. (2009). Bundling in General Markets and in Health Care Systems. THE JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC ASYMMETRIES, 6(2), pp. 47-68.

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of bundling, by explaining, in general, the different forms that this practice can take in selling, buying or exchanging goods. We then proceed with a linear programming formulation in health care, to explain how the price of a bundle of resources can be calculated. We follow this by looking at the specific case of the practice of bundling by Medicare, the social insurance system for health care in the United States. We consider its advantages, disadvantages, and various recommendations.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Monopoly, Monopsony, Barter exchange, Price discrimination, Bundling, Pure bundling, Mixed bundling, Bundle price, Quality uncertainty, Adverse selection, Profit enhancing, Trade enhancing, Legal and regulatory systems, Linear programming, Primal and dual problems, Health care systems, Health insurance, Medicare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Economics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/5359
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