Table 1

Main characteristics of intervention countries and intervention and control regions


Health System

intervention region

control region


Centralised national health insurance fund, limited private sector

Miskolc population 180,000

Szeged population 170,000


Tax funded public health service, with supplemental voluntary insurance

Limerick population 184,055

Galway population 231,670


mix of National Health Service, special social health insurance schemes for certain professions and private health insurance

Amadora population 200,000

Almada population 110,000


Bismarckian/social health insurance system with strong public-private partnership

Leipzig population 500,000

Magdeburg population 230,000

Hegerl et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9:428   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-428

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