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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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Using ICT to Monitor and Improve Quality in Health Care

This chapter describes key concepts related to health care quality and information that can be used to measure it. It then considers how current efforts could be furthered by using available technology and examines some important impediments to the wider introduction of ICTs.

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