Reports


  • 15-March-2016

    English

    Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places

    This publication reviews key trends and new policy priorities in relation to the health workforce in OECD countries following the economic crisis. The various chapters in this publication include a review of: changes in education and training policies to ensure that countries produce the right number of health professionals to respond to current and future needs; recent trends in the migration of foreign-trained doctors and nurses in OECD countries, and policies that some countries have adopted to reduce the emigration of skilled workers; policies to promote a better geographic distribution of doctors and health services within countries, particularly in rural and remote areas; and recent evidence about skills use and skills mismatch in the health sector, pointing towards the need to review the scope of practice of certain health care providers and to strengthen continuous professional development.

  • 15-March-2016

    English

    Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places

    This publication reviews key trends and new policy priorities in relation to the health workforce in OECD countries following the economic crisis. The various chapters in this publication include a review of: changes in education and training policies to ensure that countries produce the right number of health professionals to respond to current and future needs; recent trends in the migration of foreign-trained doctors and nurses in OECD countries, and policies that some countries have adopted to reduce the emigration of skilled workers; policies to promote a better geographic distribution of doctors and health services within countries, particularly in rural and remote areas; and recent evidence about skills use and skills mismatch in the health sector, pointing towards the need to review the scope of practice of certain health care providers and to strengthen continuous professional development.

  • 15-March-2016

    English

    Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places

    This publication reviews key trends and new policy priorities in relation to the health workforce in OECD countries following the economic crisis. The various chapters in this publication include a review of: changes in education and training policies to ensure that countries produce the right number of health professionals to respond to current and future needs; recent trends in the migration of foreign-trained doctors and nurses in OECD countries, and policies that some countries have adopted to reduce the emigration of skilled workers; policies to promote a better geographic distribution of doctors and health services within countries, particularly in rural and remote areas; and recent evidence about skills use and skills mismatch in the health sector, pointing towards the need to review the scope of practice of certain health care providers and to strengthen continuous professional development.

  • 15-March-2016

    English

    Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places

    This publication reviews key trends and new policy priorities in relation to the health workforce in OECD countries following the economic crisis. The various chapters in this publication include a review of: changes in education and training policies to ensure that countries produce the right number of health professionals to respond to current and future needs; recent trends in the migration of foreign-trained doctors and nurses in OECD countries, and policies that some countries have adopted to reduce the emigration of skilled workers; policies to promote a better geographic distribution of doctors and health services within countries, particularly in rural and remote areas; and recent evidence about skills use and skills mismatch in the health sector, pointing towards the need to review the scope of practice of certain health care providers and to strengthen continuous professional development.

  • 15-March-2016

    English

    Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places

    This publication reviews key trends and new policy priorities in relation to the health workforce in OECD countries following the economic crisis. The various chapters in this publication include a review of: changes in education and training policies to ensure that countries produce the right number of health professionals to respond to current and future needs; recent trends in the migration of foreign-trained doctors and nurses in OECD countries, and policies that some countries have adopted to reduce the emigration of skilled workers; policies to promote a better geographic distribution of doctors and health services within countries, particularly in rural and remote areas; and recent evidence about skills use and skills mismatch in the health sector, pointing towards the need to review the scope of practice of certain health care providers and to strengthen continuous professional development.

  • 19-February-2016

    English

    OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Latvia 2016

    Latvia has undergone major economic and social change since the early 1990s. Despite an exceptionally deep recession following the global financial crisis, impressive economic growth over the past two decades has narrowed income and productivity gaps relative to comparator countries in the OECD. But Latvians report low degrees of life satisfaction, very large numbers of Latvians have left the country, and growth has not been inclusive. A volatile economy and very large income disparities create pressing needs for more effective social and labour-market policies. The government’s reform programme rightly acknowledges inequality as a key challenge. However, without sustained policy efforts and adequate resources, there is a risk that productivity and income growth could remain below potential and social cohesion could be further weakened by high or rising inequality.

  • 12-February-2016

    English

    OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: United Kingdom 2016 - Raising Standards

    The National Health Service in the United Kingdom takes health care quality seriously and makes great effort to be a system that learns. The current NHS Outcomes Framework is entirely built around quality and patient-centredness is the system’s focal point. The drive to provide high quality care means that the United Kingdom has internationally pioneered many initiatives, including clinical guidelines, continuing professional development and use of patient surveys and patient-reported outcomes. Professionalism was for many years the trusted base upon which quality monitoring and improvement activities rested. In recent years, though, this governance model has progressively shifted toward a quality management approach, more reliant upon regulation and control. There has been a proliferation of national agencies, reviews and policies that address quality, leading to a somewhat congested and fragmented field of actors, particularly in the fields of inspection and performance monitoring. A tension, perhaps more pronounced than in other OECD health systems, is now evident between top-down quality management approaches and bottom-up quality improvement techniques. What should the United Kingdom do to resolve this tension and ensure that its quality architecture remains one that is studied and emulated by other OECD health systems? This report recommends three key actions. First, greater emphasis on professionalism should be reinstated as a key driver of excellence. As the same time there is scope to simplify the range of institutions and policies regulating health care quality. Finally, renewed focus on the quality at the interfaces of care, as well as on community-based services, is needed.

  • 12-February-2016

    English

    OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Mexico

    This review assesses the Mexican pension system according to the OECD best practices and guidelines, and draws on international experiences and examples to make recommendations on how to improve it. It provides an international perspective on Mexico’s retirement income provision and a short and focused review of the Mexican pension system. The review covers all components of the pension system: public and private pension provision for public and private-sector workers. It provides recommendations, using OECD’s best practices in pension design, on how to improve the Mexican pension system and thus ameliorate the retirement income that people may receive from the pension system.

  • 22-January-2016

    English

    Improving ISSSTE's Public Procurement for Better Results

    OECD countries are increasingly attempting to achieve savings through their public procurement systems, in particular in healthcare. In 2012, the State’s Employees’ Social Security and Social Services Institute in Mexico (ISSSTE) asked the OECD to review the effectiveness and integrity of its procurement system and to address bid-rigging. Many of the OECD’s recommendations led to enduring reforms at ISSSTE. In 2015 the OECD conducted a new review focusing on planning and coordination of procurement activities, market research and improvement of medical services. This report presents the findings of the review and notes the ISSSTE’s recent achievements. It also makes recommendations to support the alignment of the ISSSTE’s procurement practices with the 2015 OECD Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement and includes action plans for priority activities.

  • 20-January-2016

    English

    Health Workforce

    Health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high quality and cost-effective care. Current projects analyse different aspects of health workforce policy, including how countries can improve their health workforce planning, what policymakers can do to ensure that doctors practice where they are most needed, and whether health workers put their skills to effective use in their jobs.

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