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OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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Cross-Country Analysis of Efficiency in OECD Health Care Sectors

Options for Research

A key policy challenge in most OECD countries is to improve outcomes of the health care system while containing its costs. Benchmarking countries and identifying best practices to enhance public spending cost-effectiveness would, in this regard, be a useful exercise. This paper presents three main options for measuring effectiveness in the health care sector, discusses their pros and cons, including data availability and the possibility of whether these options would allow an analysis of how the institutional setting shapes spending effectiveness.

English

Keywords: efficiency, public spending, international benchmarking, health care
JEL: H4: Public Economics / Publicly Provided Goods; H51: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / National Government Expenditures and Health; I12: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Health Behavior
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