Health Systems in Industrialized Countries

Bianca K. Frogner, Peter S. Hussey and Gerard F. Anderson

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199238828
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Health Systems in Industrialized Countries

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This article focuses on the health systems of industrialized countries which are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It begins with an overview of the various ways to finance health systems in industrialized countries. It discusses the factors generally considered to be the major factors contributing to rising health care spending and the variation in the levels of health care spending across the OECD countries. However, many of the fundamental drivers of health spending growth are shared across countries: most notably, technological diffusion and the shift of the disease burden toward chronic diseases. This article determines successful approaches to manage these drivers of spending while improving the quality and outcomes achieved should be a priority for OECD countries.

Keywords: health systems; industrialized countries; OECD; health spending growth; chronic diseases; technological diffusion

Article.  8718 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Health, Education, and Welfare ; Public Economics

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