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Linking efficiency and policy across health care systems

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After a brief overview of existing typologies, this chapter provides an empirical characterisation of health care systems based on the new OECD indicators for health policies and institutions. Six groups of countries sharing broadly similar institutions have been identified. None of these health care systems performs systematically better than another in improving the population health status in a cost‐effective manner. Still the chapter shows that international comparisons allow the spotting of strengths and weaknesses for each country and of those policy reforms which could yield efficiency gains.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-11-01

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