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OECD 50th Anniversary

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Work on health at the OECD began in the early 1980s, as part of an examination of the strong growth in health expenditure in the prior decade. In the 1980s and the 1990s, this work focused largely on building a robust database that could be used for comparative analyses of health systems, beginning with comparable data on health spending. This developmental work led to the release of the first version of the OECD manual A System of Health Accounts in 2000. In the ten years since the launch of the OECD Health Project in 2001, OECD work has broadened to address some of the main challenges that policy makers face to improve the performance of their countries' health systems (see box on next page).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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