Health Care Systems

Efficiency and Policy Settings

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People in OECD countries are healthier than ever before, as shown by longer life expectancy and lower mortality for diseases such as cancer. At the same time, total spending on health care now absorbs over 9% of GDP on average in the OECD. Achieving value for money in the health care sector is an important objective in all OECD countries.

The book takes an in-depth look at health care in OECD countries today. What is the status of people’s health? How do we measure health outcomes? How do we assess the efficiency of health care systems? How are health policies and institutions linked with the performance of health care systems? The chapters explore the answers to such questions. They cover: trends in health care outcomes and spending; ways of assessing efficiency; new indicators of health care policies and institutions; and the characteristics and performance of health care systems.

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Household surveys show that being in good health is an important determinant of the well-being of people. Healthier people also tend to enjoy better access to the education system and to be more productive for a longer period of their life, thus supporting economic growth. Being in good health depends partly on life-style choices and socioeconomic factors. But treating illnesses in an effective way is also very important in this respect and a crucial determinant of longevity, which has risen rapidly – by four years on average in the OECD since 1990.

English Also available in: French

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