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  • 28-July-2016

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    The Economics of Prevention

    There is a rising concern in OECD countries about the expected growth in the burden of chronic diseases. This project is primarily focused on whether efforts should be made to prevent non-communicable diseases rather than treating and managing them.

  • 27-July-2016

    English

    Economics of Public Health and Health Promotion

    OECD and the European Observatory on Heath Systems and Policies joined forces to conduct a study on the economics of public health and health promotion.

  • 27-July-2016

    English

    Waiting Times

    Over the past decade, many OECD countries have introduced new policies to tackle excessive waiting times for elective treatments with some success. However, in the wake of the recent economic downturn and severe pressures on public budgets, waiting times may rise again, and it is important to understand which policies work.

  • 27-July-2016

    English

    OECD Health Update - July 2016

    The latest OECD news on health, focusing on the releases of "Better Ways to Pay for Health Care", of the online database "OECD Health Statistics 2016", and of the latest Health Working Papers, as well as the OECD Health Division involvement in the latest international events.

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  • 20-July-2016

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    Health Expenditure

    Latest estimates point to slowly rising health spending growth, according to OECD Health Statistics 2016. While health spending growth remains somewhat below pre-crisis rates, it has tended to follow economic growth more closely since 2013. This is in contrast to the years leading up to the economic crisis, when growth in health spending strongly outpaced that in the rest of the economy.

  • 6-July-2016

    English

    Paying providers for health care

    How health providers are paid is one of the key policy levers that countries have to drive health system performance. The 2012 HSC Survey analyses the payment modes currently in use in OECD countries to remunerate primary care, outpatient specialist care and inpatient care, the price regulations for health services and identifies new innovative modes of payments in more detail.

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  • 30-June-2016

    English

    OECD Health Statistics 2016

    OECD Health Statistics 2016 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.

  • 29-June-2016

    English

    Better Ways to Pay for Health Care

    Payers for health care are pursuing a variety of policies as part of broader efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of care.  Payment reform is but one policy tool to improve health system performance that requires supportive measures in place such as policies with well-developed stakeholder involvement, information on quality, clear criteria for tariff setting, and embedding evaluation as part of the policy process. Countries should not, however, underestimate the significant data challenges when looking at price setting processes. Data access and ways to overcome its fragmentation require well-developed infrastructures. Policy efforts highlight a trend towards aligning payer and provider incentives by using evidence-based clinical guidelines and outcomes to inform price setting. There are signs of increasing policy focus on outcomes to inform price setting. These efforts could bring about system-wide effects of using evidence along with a patient-centred focus to improve health care delivery and performance in the long-run.

  • 24-June-2016

    English

    Health Care Quality Indicators

    The objective of the HCQI Project is to develop a set of indicators based on comparable data and which can be used to raise questions for further investigation on quality differences across countries.

  • 9-June-2016

    English

    Tackling antimicrobial resistance

    At the OECD, we have calculated that about 50% of all the antimicrobials prescribed by healthcare facilities in our member countries do not meet prescription guidelines. In healthcare services such as long-term care facilities and general practices up to 70% and 90% respectively of antibiotics may be prescribed for inappropriate reasons.

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