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“Health spending continues to rise inexorably, growing faster than the economy in most OECD countries. Most of this spending comes from the public purse. Given the recent economic downturn, countries are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of health spending.
This publication takes on the subject of how best to structure health policies to get the best results from what is invested, providing in-depth analysis of the health expenditure patterns and policy options to improve value from health spending in both the short and long term. It reviews several promising new areas for improving value for money in health.
(It) examines current efforts to improve health care efficiency, including tools that show promise in helping health systems provide the best care for their money, such as pay for performance, co-ordination of care, health technology assessment and clinical guidelines, pharmaceutical re-imbursement and risk-sharing agreements, and information and communication technology”