Achieving a High Performance Health Care System: A Comparative Study of Six European Health Systems


This project will assemble a team of leading experts from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies to examine health system performance and policy approaches in six countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The goal is to determine what U.S. policymakers can learn from the world's other advanced health care systems, many of which have undertaken ambitious reforms. Using the framework established by the Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, the project will address the following questions: Why do some countries perform better than others in certain areas? Can we identify policy trends and innovations? What policies have or have not been successful and why? The answers will not only inform the Commission's efforts to improve U.S. health system performance, but will guide the International Program as it expands its focus to include additional countries. Project findings will be discussed in a manuscript submitted to Health Affairs and in a set of Fund issue briefs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
London School of Economics and Political Science
Principal Investigator:
Elias Mossialos, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 10, 2007

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