Cross-National Comparisons of Health Systems Quality Data, 2002


Comparisons between the health care system in the United States and that in other industrialized countries reveal striking differences in spending, availability and use of services, and health outcomes. This project will prepare a fifth paper in an annual series of analyses of key health data for the 29 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It will provide an update of overall trends in health systems' performance, with an emphasis on health spending, pharmaceutical costs, use of technology, and trends in the supply of health professionals. In comparing health systems data, the study will illustrate the impact of different national policies on health system efficiency. Findings will be presented at the Fund's October 2002 International Symposium on Health Care Policy and submitted for possible publication in the May/June 2003 Health Affairs. The accompanying chartbook will be posted on the Fund's website and, for the first time, will be continuously updated for visitors throughout the year.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator:
Gerard F. Anderson, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 10, 2001

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