chapter  3
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Quasi-markets for welfare?

We have seen in the previous chapter that though there are funda­ mental difficulties with markets as a way of allocating health care, education and other human services, there are also problems with monopolistic state provision. This has led to an increasing number of experiments to introduce elements of competition into the de­ livery of such services, not only in the United Kingdom, but also in other similar welfare states like those in Scandinavia and Canada (Saltman and von Otter, 1992,1995; Jerome-Forget et al., 1995).