Monday, May 03, 2010

[IWS] OECD HEALTH WORKING PAPERS 50,51 on HEALTH SYSTEMS

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OECD

DIRECTORATE FOR EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Health Committee

OECD HEALTH WORKING PAPERS

http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2010doc.nsf/ENGREFCORPLOOK?OpenView&Start=1&Count=30&Expand=7.2#7.2

 

 

OECD HEALTH WORKING PAPERS NO. 51          DELSA/HEA/WD/HWP(2010)2
EFFECTIVE WAYS TO REALISE POLICY REFORMS IN HEALTH SYSTEMS

Jeremy Hurst

http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2010doc.nsf/ENGREFCORPLOOK/NT00000F96/$FILE/JT03280896.PDF

[full-text, 33 pages]

 

[excerpt]

This paper contains an investigation of the factors that can help or hinder the reform of health

systems in OECD countries. By ‘reform’ is meant changes to health systems which aim to improve their

performance in one or more dimensions. Reforms may or may not be successful. The paper is written

mainly from a prescriptive point of view – what should governments do to increase the prospects for

successful reforms? It is also written mainly from the perspective of economics, although a few, selected

references are made to the political science literature.

 

The first part of the paper considers the need for reform in health systems. It goes on to set out a

general framework for examining the determinants of success and failure in health reforms and to focus on

the governance of reforming health systems - by identifying some enabling and disabling factors that are

likely to be partly under the control of governments. The second part of the paper presents five case studies

of the factors associated with successful and unsuccessful reforms, based on five, recent OECD Reviews of

Health Systems – in Finland, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland and Turkey, respectively. Two final sections

discuss the findings from the case studies and draw some conclusions, respectively.

 

 

OECD HEALTH WORKING PAPERS NO. 50          DELSA/HEA/WD/HWP(2010)1

HEALTH SYSTEMS INSTITUTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS: A SURVEY OF 29 OECD COUNTRIES

Valerie Paris, Marion Devaux and Lihan Wei

http://www.olis.oecd.org/olis/2010doc.nsf/ENGREFCORPLOOK/NT000029DA/$FILE/JT03282545.PDF

[full-text, 140 pages]

 

[excerpt]

In 2008, the OECD launched a survey to collect information on the health systems characteristics of

member countries. This paper presents the informaton provided by 29 of these countries in 2009. It

describes country-specific arrangements to organise the population coverage against health risks and the

financing of health spending. It depicts the organisation of health care delivery, focusing on the

public/private mix of health care provision, provider payment schemes, user choice and competition among

providers, as well as the regulation of heallth care suppply and prices. Finally, this document provides

information on governnance and resource allocation in health systems (decentralisation in decisionmaking,

nature of budget constraints and priority setting).

 



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