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The OECD Health Project: Health Technology and Decision Making



The OECD initiated the Health Project in 2001 to address some of the key challenges policy makers face in improving the performance of their countries¿ health systems. A desire for real progress and recognition of important gaps in the information needed to undertake change led to political commitment and support across countries for a focused cross-national effort. The three-year initiative provided member countries with multiple opportunities to participate in and learn from component studies focused on pressing health policy issues. Countries also benefited from the information and exchanges that occurred, first at the kick-off conference in Ottawa, Canada in November 2001, and at no fewer than 20 subsequent meetings of officials and experts in venues ranging from Paris to The Hague to New York.
Performance improvement requires grappling with difficult questions. What can be done to ensure that spending on health is affordable today and sustainable tomorrow? What is needed to improve the quality and safety of health care, and to ensure that health systems are responsive to the needs of patients and other stakeholders? How should equitable and timely access to necessary care be supported? And perhaps the most challenging question of all: what can be done to increase value for money?

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