At a time when ever more information is available about the quality of health care, the challenge for policy makers is to better understand the policies and approaches that sit behind the numbers. Korea is the first country report in a new OECD series evaluating the quality of health care across OECD countries – whether care is safe, effective and responsive to patients’ needs. OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality examine what works and what does not work, both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve quality of health care. This series of individual country reviews will be followed by a final summary report on the lessons learnt for good policy practices.
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Acronyms and abbreviations Executive summary Assessment and recommendations -Effort is needed to strengthen the focus of governance on quality of care -Strengthening primary health care in Korea -Using financing to drive improvements in quality of care -Improving care for cardiovascular diseases -Concluding remarks Chapter 1. Quality of care in the Korean health system -1.1. Context and framework for categorising quality of care policies -1.2. Health system design -1.3. Inputs into health care in Korea -1.4. Health system monitoring: standardisation and measurement of practice -1.5. Policies to drive improvements in the quality of care -1.6. Government priorities related to quality of care -Bibliography Chapter 2. Using financing to drive improvements in health care quality -2.1. The economic imperative for health reform in Korea -2.2. Korea has a large supply of health and hospital services at low prices -2.3. Key challenges in using financing to improve quality today -2.4. Driving further efficiencies in hospitals while focusing on quality -2.5. Financing primary care -2.6. Pay for performance in the Korean health system -2.7. Conclusion -Bibliography Chapter 3. Strengthening primary care -3.1. Why is primary care important? -3.2. The overall health of Koreans: changes and future challenges -3.3. The challenge of chronic diseases in Korea -3.4. The primary care system in Korea -3.5. Strengthening primary health care in Korea -3.6. Conclusion -Bibliography Chapter 4. Quality of care for cardio and cerebrovascular diseases in Korea -4.1. CVD outcomes in Korea -4.2. Policies to improve the quality of care for CVD in Korea -4.3. Conclusion -Bibliography