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Spotlight: Reform of the US Health Care System


This selection of OECD working papers, books and data drawn from the OECD Health Project will help you better understand the current debate on health care reform in the US.

  • Key documents on the US Health System:

Briefing note for OECD Health Data 2005: UNITED STATES (PDF, 16KB)  
Total health spending accounted for 15% of GDP in the United States in 2003, the highest share in the OECD and more than six percentage points higher than the average of 8.6% in OECD countries, according to OECD Health Data 2005, the newly released health database. 

Economic Survey: United States 2004: Ensuring fiscal sustainability and budgetary discipline    
What needs to be done to put government finances on a sound footing? How can the long-term solvency of the entitlement programmes be assured? If necessary, how should revenues be raised?

The US health system: an assessment and prospective directions for reform 
Economics Department Working Paper 350. This paper assesses the performance of the United States health system in an international context and discusses potential directions for reform.

Reforming Health systems in OECD countries
Presentation by Elizabeth Docteur, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, OECD Washington Centre Breakfast series.

  • Recent OECD documents & publications on Health Systems in OECD countries

Long-term Care for Older People - OECD Health Project  
How do OECD countries respond to the growing demand for long-term care services? What do they need to do to improve access to care, improve quality of services and make care affordable? An OECD report studies lessons learnt from reforms over the past decade and compares trends in expenditure, financing and the number of care recipients.
Read the Policy Brief   

OECD Health Data 2005  
8 June 2005
This database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool for health researchers and policy advisors in governments, the private sector and the academic community, to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health care systems.

Private Health Insurance in OECD Countries - OECD Health Project  
What is the impact of private health insurance on health systems? This final report on the OECD study on private health insurance provides the first-ever comparative analysis of the role and performance of private health insurance in OECD countries.
Read the Policy Brief. 

Towards High-Performing Health Systems: Policy Studies   
This volume contains a selection of the policy studies constituting the OECD Health Project.

Towards High-Performing Health Systems   
This volume offers a synthesis of findings from recent OECD studies undertaken as part of the three-year Health Project, an initiative geared towards answering many of the key questions facing today’s health policy makers.

Meeting of Health Ministers - Final News Release   
OECD Health Ministers held their first ever meeting at the OECD on May 13-14, 2004. They met to discuss the results of the OECD's three-year Health Project which had investigated ways to improve the performance of OECD health systems.

  • Further information

To learn more on OECD Health Project, please go to www.oecd.org/health
For more information on OECD's work on ageing society, please visit www.oecd.org/ageing


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