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Leadership and Governance in Seven Developed Health Systems

March 20, 2012 - Researchers compared the leadership and governance arrangements in seven nations with advanced health systems: Australia, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

In Brief

Paying for "End-of-Life" Drugs in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom: Balancing Policy, Pragmatism, and Societal Values

January 19, 2012 - This brief analyzes British, Australian,and German policies on coverage of "end-of-life" drugs.

Issue Brief

Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2011

December 27, 2011 - This updated Commonwealth Fund chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the health care systems and performance across several industrialized countries.

Chartbook

Strengthening Primary Care: Recent Reforms and Achievements in Australia, England, and the Netherlands

November 15, 2011 - This brief outlines how primary care is provided in Australia, England, and the Netherlands. It evaluates data on a range of primary care system performance indicators, and it examines the three countries' major strategies for strengthening primary care.

Issue Brief

New 2011 Survey of Patients with Complex Care Needs in Eleven Countries Finds That Care Is Often Poorly Coordinated

November 9, 2011 - Adults with complex medical conditions, including those with serious or chronic illness, injury, or disability, benefit from receiving their care from a medical home, The Commonwealth Fund's latest international health policy survey finds.

In the Literature

International Profiles of Health Care Systems: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States

November 9, 2011 - This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of 14 countries—Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Fund Report

Higher Fees Paid to U.S. Physicians Drive Higher Spending for Physician Services Compared to Other Countries

September 8, 2011 - A new Commonwealth Fund-supported study comparing fees for physician services in the United States with those in five other nations finds that U.S. physicians are paid more per service than doctors in other countries—as much as double in some cases.

In the Literature

Multinational Comparisons of Health Systems Data, 2010

July 27, 2011 - This updated Commonwealth Fund chartbook uses data collected by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the health care systems and performance across several industrialized countries.

Chartbook

The U.S. Health System in Perspective: A Comparison of Twelve Industrialized Nations

July 27, 2011 - This analysis, of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) health data for 12 industrialized nations, finds health care spending in the U.S. towers over the other countries and U.S. performance was mixed.

Issue Brief

Promoting Private Health Insurance in Australia

June 28, 2011 - In this article, Sharon Willcox, a 1999–2000 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, reviews the rationale for three government policies enacted in the late 1990s or 2000 that were intended to promote private coverage, which had been experiencing declining participation.

In Brief

Technological Change Around the World: Evidence from Heart Attack Care

June 28, 2011 - How do technological changes, or changes in medical treatments that affect the quality and costs of care, play out in different health care systems across the world? In this Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers set out to investigate this issue by comparing heart attack treatments in 17 nations.

In Brief

The Economic Benefits of Health Information Exchange Interoperability for Australia

June 28, 2011 - Peter Sprivulis, a 2004–05 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, and his coauthors estimated the costs and benefits of creating an interoperable health information exchange system among Australian health care providers and stakeholders.

In Brief

Public Reporting of Hospital Outcomes: A Challenging Road Ahead

June 22, 2011 - Recently passed health reform legislation in Australia encourages public reporting of patient outcomes following hospitalization. In this analysis, former Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow Martin Gallagher reviews challenges of reporting health outcomes.

In Brief

The Use of Health Information Technology in Seven Nations

April 21, 2011 - The authors point to several levers that have effectively increased EHR adoption: direct financial support, quality-of-care incentives, and requirements that computers be used for administrative tasks.

In Brief

SA HealthPlus: A Controlled Trial of a Statewide Application of a Generic Model of Chronic Illness Care

December 7, 2010 - SA HealthPlus was the largest of nine trials led by the Australian government to test whether coordinated care could improve health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions, without incurring added costs. The care coordination model relies on prospective planning to help patients manage care and avoid complications.

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