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Achieving Better Value for Money in Health Care

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Rising public health care spending remains a problem in virtually all OECD and EU member countries. As a consequence, there is growing interest in policies that will ease this pressure through improved health system performance. This report examines selected policies that may help countries better achieve the goal of improved health system efficiency and thus better value for money. Drawing on multinational data sets and case studies, it examines a range policy instruments. These include: the role of competition in health markets; the scope for improving care coordination; better pharmaceutical pricing policies; greater quality control supported by stronger information and communication technology in health care; and increased cost sharing.

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Improving Health Care System Performance through Better Co-ordination of Care

This chapter provides a broad overview of care coordination issues and approaches in OECD and European Union (EU) countries. It also looks at how health care systems are responding to the increasing prevalence of chronic disease and the scope for improved health system performance through enhanced policies in this area.

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