Rising public health care spending remains a problem in virtually all OECD and EU member countries. As a consequence, there is growing interest in policies that will ease this pressure through improved health system performance. This report examines selected policies that may help countries better achieve the goal of improved health system efficiency and thus better value for money. Drawing on multinational data sets and case studies, it examines a range policy instruments. These include: the role of competition in health markets; the scope for improving care coordination; better pharmaceutical pricing policies; greater quality control supported by stronger information and communication technology in health care; and increased cost sharing.
Table of contents:
Introduction Chapter 1. Patterns of Health Care Spending Growth Chapter 2. Market Mechanisms and the Use of Health Care Resources Chapter 3. Improving Health Care System Performance through Better Co-ordination of Care Chapter 4. Ensuring Efficiency in Pharmaceutical Expenditures Chapter 5. Using ICT to Monitor and Improve Quality in Health Care Chapter 6. The Impact of User Charges in Health Care