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A Disease-based Comparison of Health Systems

What is Best and at what Cost?

A Disease-based Comparison of Health Systems by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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What approach to treating certain ageing-related diseases works best and at what cost? That is, what combination of health care system characteristics, prevention, detection, technology and treatment, is the most cost-effective? These are the central questions addressed in this volume. The OECD Ageing-Related Diseases study investigated how health systems treat three diseases: ischaemic heart disease, stroke and breast cancer. This was accomplished by examining how these approaches differ between countries and over time within them. To explain why these differences persist in the face of growing medical understanding of best practice, this book reviews the roles of incentives, institutional factors and policies.

This book combines a collection of essays by leading experts from several OECD countries with papers discussing the results of the OECD Ageing-Related Diseases study. By employing a bottom-up rather than a more conventional top-down approach, the Ageing-Related Diseases study used a disease-based approach to comparing health systems. The book is structured along the main issues addressed in the study: expenditures, ageing, technology and outcomes, with additional chapters on its policy implications.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
366 pages; ISBN 9789264100053
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Title: A Disease-based Comparison of Health Systems
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development