Publications & Documents


  • 10-November-2011

    English

    Health Reform - Meeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities

    When the OECD was founded in 1961, health systems were gearing themselves up to deliver acute care interventions. Sick people were to be cured in hospitals, then sent on their way again. Medical training was focused on hospitals; innovation was to develop new interventions; payment systems were centred around single episodes of care.  Health systems have delivered big improvements in health since then, but they can be slow to adapt to new challenges. In particular, these days, the overwhelming burden of disease is chronic, for which ‘cure’ is out of our reach. Health policies have changed to some extent in response, though perhaps not enough.  But the challenge of the future is that the typical recipient of health care will be aged and will have multiple morbidities.  This book examines how  payment systems, innovation policies and human resource policies need to be modernised so that OECD health systems will continue to generate improved health outcomes in the future at a sustainable cost.
  • 10-November-2011

    English

    Report on Policy Issues for the Development and Use of Biomarkers in Health

    This report describes the scientific, industrial, regulatory, and health care management system context in which biomarkers are being developed. It identifies some of the barriers which may impede biomarker research, discovery, development, commercialisation and, ultimately, uptake in clinics.

  • 8-November-2011

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    International Trade in Health Services- final report

    A System of Health Accounts provides a standard accounting framework for the comparable measurement and reporting of health expenditures by the resident population.

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  • 17-October-2011

    English

    Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

    The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

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  • 17-October-2011

    English

    OECD Reviews of Health Systems- Switzerland

    This publication is a second review of the Swiss Health System and is an update on the review carried out in 2006.

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  • 10-October-2011

    English

    A System of Health Accounts - 2011 Edition

    A System of Health Accounts 2011 provides a systematic description of the financial flows related to the consumption of health care goods and services. As demands for information increase and more countries implement and institutionalise health accounts according to the system, the data produced are expected to be more comparable, more detailed and more policy relevant.

    This new edition builds on the original OECD Manual, published in 2000, and the Guide to Producing National Health Accounts to create a single global framework for producing health expenditure accounts that can help track resource flows from sources to uses. The Manual is the result of a four-year collaborative effort between the OECD, WHO and the European Commission, and sets out in more detail the boundaries, the definitions and the concepts – responding to health care systems around the globe – from the simplest to the more complicated. 

  • 3-October-2011

    English

    Future Prospects for Industrial Biotechnology

    This book examines international drivers, enabling technologies fast-tracking industrial biotechnology, industry trends, some products appearing on the market, industry structure and finance, and policy measures and trends. It examines separately biofuels, biobased chemicals and bioplastics.

  • 2-October-2011

    English

    OECD Reviews of Health Systems - Switzerland (2011)

    This report provides an update to the information and analysis presented in the Review of the Swiss Health System published by the OECD and the WHO in 2006, with a particular focus on three issues: health workforce, health insurance markets and governance of the Swiss health system.

  • 20-September-2011

    English, , 615kb

    Medical Tourism: Treatments, Markets and Health System Implications: A scoping review

    Despite the high-profile media interest and coverage, there is a lack of hard research evidence on the role and impact of medical tourism for OECD countries.

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  • 12-September-2011

    English, , 768kb

    Collaborative Mechanisms for Intellectual Property Management in the Life Sciences

    This report discusses ways in which both the public and private sectors are seeking to evolve from an “own and protect” model of intellectual property into an era of “own and share”, where value accrues not just to the initial owner of IP, but also to larger society as a whole.

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