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OECD Health Policy Studies
Achieving Better Value for Money in Health Care
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  18 Nov 2009
Pages: 164 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264074200 , OECD Code: 812009171P1
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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:
  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
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