Monday, November 28, 2011

[EQ] International Profiles of Health Care Systems

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

S. Thomson, R. Osborn, D. Squires, and S. J. Reed
November 9, 2011 - The Commonwealth Fund

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“…..This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization, quality of care, health disparities, efficiency and integration, use of health information technology, use of evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations.

In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views…….”


Executive Summary

Project Goals and Specific Aims


Methods Overview


Summary of Key Findings



Appendix I. Detailed Project Methodology

Appendix II. Measures Identified from Literature Search

Appendix III. Conceptual Frameworks and Draft Measure Concepts

Appendix IV. Care Coordination Advisory Panel

Appendix V. Wave 3 Site Visit Findings: Implication of Data Availability and Access on Measure Implementation



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