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Health system performance comparison: new directions in research and policy

Papanicolas, Irene ORCID: 0000-0002-8000-3185, Kringos, Dionne, Klazinga, Niek S. and Smith, Peter C. (2013) Health system performance comparison: new directions in research and policy. Health Policy, 112 (1-2). pp. 1-3. ISSN 0168-8510

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.07.018


The concept of the ‘health system’ has become central to debates about health policy since the publication of the World Health Report 2000[1]. In that report, the WHO defined the health system as “…all the activities whose primary purpose is to promote, restore or maintain health”. That broad definition is closely aligned to the role of most health ministries, which includes the promotion of health and prevention of disease, as well as the organization of health services. It is therefore not surprising that many policy makers have expressed particular interest in understanding better how their health system works, and identifying the scope for improvement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2013 13:52
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:04

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