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Three essays on the role of federalism in the Swiss healthcare system

Salari, Paola ; Mazzonna, Fabrizio (Dir.) ; Crivelli, Luca (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2015 ; 2015ECO003.

Switzerland is a country with a strongly decentralized political system, based on federalism and institutions of direct democracy, on a liberal economic culture, and on a well-developed tradition of mutualism and social security (generous social expenditure and welfare system). Switzerland is unique for its high level of decentralization and for the particular distribution of competences and...

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Short term effects of public smoking bans on health

Mazzonna, Fabrizio ; Salari, Paola

This paper evaluates the causal negative effect of environmental tobacco exposure on health by exploiting the time and geographical variation in public-place smoking bans implemented in Switzerland between 2007 and 2011. Using monthly data from the universe of Swiss hospitals between 2004 and 2012, we show that the incidence of acute myocardial infarction hospitalizations decreases by about...

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Fiscal federalism and income redistribution through healthcare financing : an empirical analysis for the Swiss cantons.

Crivelli, Luca ; Salari, Paola

Previous studies have viewed Swiss health-care financing as particularly regressive. However, as the OECD Review of the Swiss Health System (2011) stated, the income-related inequities and the inter cantonal variations are still unexplored due to a lack of available information. The present paper aims to fill this information gap concerning the Swiss health system by exploring the...