Reports


  • 28-February-2017

    English

    Caring for Quality in Health - Lessons Learnt from 15 Reviews of Health Care Quality

    Over the past four years, the OECD has conducted a series of in-depth reviews of the policies and institutions that underpin the measurement and improvement of health care quality in 15 different health systems. This synthesis report draws on key lessons from the OECD Health Care Quality Review series. The objective is to summarise the main challenges and good practices to support improvements in health care quality, and to help ensure that the substantial resources devoted to health are being used effectively in supporting people to live healthier lives. The overarching conclusion emerging across the Health Care Quality Review series concerns transparency. Governments should encourage, and where appropriate require, health systems and health care providers to be open about the effectiveness, safety and patient-centredness of care they provide. More measures of patient outcomes are needed (especially those reported by patients themselves), and these should underpin standards, guidelines, incentives and innovations in service delivery. Greater transparency can lead to optimisation of both quality and efficiency – twin objectives which reinforce, rather than subvert, each other. In practical terms, greater transparency and better performance can be supported by changes in where and how care is delivered; changes in the roles of patients and professionals; and employing tools such as data and incentives more effectively. Key actions in these three areas are set out in the twelve lessons presented in this synthesis report.

  • 18-January-2017

    English

    Health Policies

    The OECD Health Division analyses health systems' performance and studies policy options to address shortcomings in performance. Browse the list of current analytical projects within the Health Division.

  • 16-January-2017

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    Recommendations to OECD Ministers of Health from the High-Level Reflection Group on the Future of Health Statistics

    Recommendations to OECD Ministers of Health from the High-Level Reflection Group on the Future of Health Statistics: Strengthening the international comparison of health system performance through patient-reported indicators.

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  • 16-January-2017

    English

    Patient-Reported Indicators Survey (PaRIS)

    We need to better understand what the patients themselves think of health care. The OECD is a global leader in collecting, reporting and benchmarking health system performance and health care quality indicators and OECD's Patient-Reported Indicators Survey (PaRIS) will address critical information gaps and build a patient-centred view of health system performance.

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  • 16-January-2017

    English

    New Health Technologies - Managing Access, Value and Sustainability

    This report discusses the need for an integrated and cyclical approach to managing health technology in order to mitigate clinical and financial risks, and ensure acceptable value for money. The analysis considers how health systems and policy makers should adapt in terms of development, assessment and uptake of health technologies. The first chapter provides an examination of adoption and impact of medical technology in the past and how health systems are preparing for continuation of such trends in the future. Subsequent chapters examine the need to balance innovation, value, and access for pharmaceuticals and medical devices, respectively, followed by a consideration of their combined promise in the area of precision medicine. The final chapter examines how health systems can make better use of health data and digital technologies. The report focuses on opportunities linked to new and emerging technologies as well as current challenges faced by policy makers, and suggests a new governance framework to address these challenges.

  • 13-January-2017

    English

    Health Publications

    This page lists the OECD publications related to health.

  • 11-January-2017

    English

    Pharmaceuticals

    Pharmaceuticals have undoubtedly contributed to improvements in life expectancy and quality of life of many patients, but recent trends on increased spending and soaring launch prices of new medicines raise a number of concerns.

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  • 10-January-2017

    English

    Reviews of National Health Care Quality

    OECD Health Care Quality Reviews seek to examine what works and what does not work in different countries – both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve their health system.

  • 10-January-2017

    English

    Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health

    Following a brief pause after the economic crisis, health expenditure is rising again in most OECD countries. Yet, a considerable part of this health expenditure makes little or no contribution to improving people's health. In some cases, it even results in worse health outcomes. Countries could potentially spend significantly less on health care with no impact on health system performance, or on health outcomes. This report systematically reviews strategies put in place by countries to limit ineffective spending and waste. On the clinical front, preventable errors and low-value care are discussed. The operational waste discussion reviews strategies to obtain lower prices for medical goods and to better target the use of expensive inputs. Finally, the report reviews countries experiences in containing administrative costs and integrity violations in health.

  • 21-December-2016

    English

    Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy project

    The policy study published by the OECD is based on six case studies, an extensive review of the literature, and analysis of relevant data. The report provides context for the analysis of pharmaceutical pricing policies in OECD countries, describes pricing policies employed by the OECD zone and assesses their impact.

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