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Partial table of contents: SYSTEM LEVEL ISSUES. Thinking About Planned Markets and Fixed Budgets (R. Saltman). Efficiency of Spending Under Fixed Budgets (A. Maynard). SECTORAL AND REGIONAL DILEMMAS. Fixed Budgets in the Inpatient Sector: The Case of the Netherlands (H. Maarse). Fixed Budgets in the Ambulatory Care Sector: The German Experience (F. Schwartz & R. Busse). Fixed Budgets in the Pharmaceutical Sector in Germany: Effects on Costs and Quality (R. Busse & C. Howorth). Federal and Provincial Roles in Canadian Health Care Budgets (L. Nestman). Swedish Experience with Fixed Regional Budgets (J. Calltorp). Setting Regional Allocations and National Budgets in the UK (C. Smee). INSTITUTIONAL ISSUES. The Possible Effects of a New Hospital Financing System in Austria (K. Pfeiffer). Fixed Budgets for Fundholding General Practitioners in the UK (H. Glennerster). Conclusions. Index.