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Health Outcomes in OECD Countries: A Framework of Health Indicators for Outcome-Oriented Policymaking

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  • Melissa Jee
  • Zeynep Or

OECD health-care systems confront the dual challenge of containing costs and maximising the health of their populations. The effectiveness of health-care provision in fostering longer and healthier lives is therefore of fundamental importance. In order to respond to these challenges, policy makers are demanding more and better information on health outcomes. Therefore, this paper presents a summary of the current state-of-the-art in health outcome indicators for monitoring population health status and for evaluating the performance and effectiveness of various health policies and medical-care interventions. The paper begins by developing a framework for classifying the range of indicators that have been put forward to measure health outcomes. It then illustrates the potential value of different indicators for policy making within this framework and describes some recent trends in health status in OECD countries ... Les systèmes de santé des pays de l’OCDE sont confrontés à un double défi, à savoir maîtriser les coûts et améliorer l’état de santé de la population. La question de l’efficacité des dépenses de santé et des interventions médicales destinées à permettre aux gens de vivre plus longtemps et en meilleure santé est donc fondamentale. Afin de répondre à ce double défi, les responsables politiques souhaitent disposer davantage d’informations pertinentes sur l’état de santé de la population. Dans cette optique, le présent rapport fait le point des indicateurs de santé auxquels on se réfère à la fois pour suivre l’évolution de l’état de santé de la population et pour évaluer la performance et l’efficacité des diverses politiques de santé et des interventions médicales. Cette étude commence par l’élaboration d’un cadre afin de distinguer les principaux indicateurs de l’état de santé qui ont été proposés. Le rapport montre également dans ce cadre, l’intérêt potentiel de différents indicateurs ...

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Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers with number 36.

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Date of creation: 21 Jan 1999
Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:36-en
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