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Towards High-Performing Health Systems

Towards High-Performing Health Systems by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Although health systems differ widely in their design, in the inputs they use and the outcomes they attain, policy makers in all OECD countries share the common goal of achieving high-performing health systems. Health and health care have improved dramatically over the past few decades, but at a cost, and public budgets are feeling the pinch. At the same time, further opportunities to improve the performance of health systems exist. Developed nations are grappling with the issues of sustainable financing, equitable access to services, better health outcomes, consumer responsiveness and value for money.

This volume offers a synthesis of findings from recent OECD studies undertaken as part of the three-year Health Project, an initiative geared towards answering many of the key questions facing today’s health policy makers. It provides information and analysis on a wide variety of topics, such as new and emerging health-related technologies, long-term care, private health insurance, health-care cost control, equity of access across income groups, health workforce planning and productivity, and waiting times for elective surgery. Building on international experience and grounded in new data on cross-country differences, this report offers an up-to-date map of the road to performance improvement.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2004
133 pages; ISBN 9789264015562
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Title: Towards High-Performing Health Systems
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development