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Cross-Country Analysis of Efficiency in OECD Health Care Sectors: Options for Research

  • Unto Häkkinen
  • Isabelle Joumard

A key policy challenge in most OECD countries is to improve outcomes of the health care system while containing its costs. Benchmarking countries and identifying best practices to enhance public spending cost-effectiveness would, in this regard, be a useful exercise. This paper presents three main options for measuring effectiveness in the health care sector, discusses their pros and cons, including data availability and the possibility of whether these options would allow an analysis of how the institutional setting shapes spending effectiveness. Comparer l'efficacité du secteur de la santé entre pays de l'OCDE : Options pour des travaux d'analyse Améliorer les résultats du système de santé tout en contenant ses coûts constitue un défi majeur de la politique économique dans la plupart des pays de l'OCDE. A cet égard, il serait particulièrement utile de pouvoir établir des comparaisons internationales et d'identifier les bonnes pratiques permettant d'améliorer le rapport résultats-coûts des dépenses publiques dans le secteur de la santé. Cet article présente trois grandes options pour mesurer l?efficacité dans le domaine de la santé, discute leurs avantages et inconvénients, notamment l'existence de données et la possibilité d'analyser à terme comment l'organisation institutionnelle affecte l'efficacité des dépenses.

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