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Stroke Care in OECD Countries

A Comparison of Treatment, Costs and Outcomes in 17 Countries You or your institution have access to this content

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Lynelle Moon, Pierre Moïse, Stéphane Jacobzone1
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  • 1: OECD, France

06 June 2003
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The Ageing-Related Diseases study compares health care systems by examining treatment trends and health outcomes on a disease-by-disease basis. Most of the day-to-day decisions that determine health care system performance are made in treating specific diseases. Therefore, the ARD’s bottom-up approach to comparing health care system performance at the disease level, rather than the more common top-down approach, goes to the heart of health care system performance. This paper presents such an analysis for stroke.

There is considerable variation in treatment trends for the same diseases across countries and much of this variation can be explained by differences in structural characteristics of health care systems. A diseaselevel analysis begins with an examination of these characteristics: the economic incentives, policies and regulations that affect individual providers’ decisions for treating a specific disease, defining a particular health care system’s approach. In order ...

JEL Classification:
  • I10: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / General
  • I18: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Government Policy ; Regulation ; Public Health
  • I19: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Other
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