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OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Lithuania 2018

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The report analyses the performance of Lithuania’s health system which has been long characterised by its institutional stability and the steady pursuit of a policy agenda aimed at adapting it to the evolving burden of disease. Today, even if total spending on health is low and out-of-pocket payments represent nearly a third of it, the system ensures fairly equitable access to care. The main challenge to the system is that health outcomes still place Lithuania among the lowest ranked in the OECD. Efforts need to be geared more systematically towards strengthening public health and improving the quality of the services delivered at primary and hospital care levels.

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Assessment and recommendations

The organisation of the health system of Lithuania is modern and characterised by institutional stability. The country has been steadily pursuing policies designed to better tackle the burden of chronic diseases, including for instance the development of primary care. Remarkably, and despite the fact that Lithuania spends little on health, the population benefits from quasi-universal coverage and key metrics suggest access to care is broadly adequate.

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