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Health Systems Institutional Characteristics: A Survey of 29 OECD Countries


  • Valérie Paris


  • Marion Devaux


  • Lihan Wei



In 2008, the OECD launched a survey to collect information on the health systems characteristics of member countries. This paper presents the informaton provided by 29 of these countries in 2009. It describes country-specific arrangements to organise the population coverage against health risks and the financing of health spending. It depicts the organisation of health care delivery, focusing on the public/private mix of health care provision, provider payment schemes, user choice and competition among providers, as well as the regulation of heallth care suppply and prices. Finally, this document provides information on governnance and resource allocation in health systems (decentralisation in decisionmaking, nature of budget constraints and priority setting). En 2008, l’OCDE a lancé une enquête auprès de ses pays membres pour recueillir une information sur les caractéristiques des systèmes de santé. Ce document présente l’information fournie par 29 pays en 2009. Il décrit comment chaque pays organise la couverture de la population contre les risques liés à la santé et le financement des dépenses de santé. Il dépeint l’organisation des soins, à travers le caractère public/privé de l’offre de soins, les modes de paiement des prestataires, le choix de l’usager et la concurrence entre prestataires, ainsi que la régulation de l’offre et des prix. Finalement, il donne une information sur la gouvernance et l’allocation des ressources dans les systèmes de santé (décentralisation, nature de la contrainte budgétaire et établissement des priorités).

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  • Valérie Paris & Marion Devaux & Lihan Wei, 2010. "Health Systems Institutional Characteristics: A Survey of 29 OECD Countries," OECD Health Working Papers 50, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaad:50-en

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    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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