Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.
Over the past decade, many OECD countries have introduced new policies to tackle excessive waiting times for elective surgery with some success. However, in the wake of the recent economic downturn and severe pressures on public budgets, waiting times times may rise again, and it is important to understand which policies work. In addition, the European Union has introduced new regulations to allow patients to seek care in other
Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.
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The Netherlands, as other OECD countries, faces the challenge of providing high quality health and long term care services to an ageing population in a cost-efficient manner.
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This project aims to improve the comparability of data on surgical procedures available across European and non-European OECD countries by testing some methodological improvements to promote greater consistency in data reporting. It also analyses the results of the data collection on surgical procedure rates in terms of variations across countries and trends over time.
Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.
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Background paper for the OECD Expert workshop on improving health expenditure forecasting.
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Updated, refined and extended projections of public spending on health and long-term care for OECD countries and the BRIICS suggest a rapidly rising trend over the next 50 years.
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Detailed agenda for the meeting "Informing Policy Makers About Future Health Spending: OECD Expert Workshop on Improving Health Expenditure Forecasting Methods", which took place on 30 November 2012 in Paris.
Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.