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Table 1 Examples of regulatory instruments and relations relevant to the Bulgarian context

From: Regulatory barriers to equity in a health system in transition: a qualitative study in Bulgaria

Between government/financing agencies and patients • Systems of financing and decisions on the statutory health system
• Population coverage: setting out the breadth (proportion of population covered), scope (range of benefits covered), and depth (proportion of benefit costs covered) of benefits
Between financing agencies and service providers • Provider payment mechanisms
• Harnessing the market in contracting for health services
• Access of providers to health care markets and financing agencies
Between service providers and patients • Access of patients to health care providers
• Patient rights, litigation, criminal damages
• Mandatory reporting by providers of quality information, price lists and performance
• Self-regulation of providers through professional codes of practice and voluntary or mandatory accreditation schemes
  1. Source: Adapted from [911]