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Health care systems report for UK Treasury

How do healthcare systems work in major European countries?

A report on the Health Care Systems in Eight Countries by the European Observatory

A report on health care systems has been published to accompany the final report by Derek Wanless, Securing Our Future Health: taking a long-term view (Final Report, April 2002).

This report, Health Care Systems in Eight Countries: trends and challenges, was prepared for the UK Treasury by the European Observatory on Health Care Systems, an independent health systems research body whose UK partners are based at LSE and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The Observatory's report provides up-to-date information on the health care systems of eight countries, including the United Kingdom. The selection of the eight countries represents the diversity of international experience of both funding and delivering health care. The countries looked at are Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK.

For each country's health system, the Report covers:

  • Who benefits and what are the benefits?
  • Who pays and how much?
  • Who collects the money and where does it go?
  • How much is spent and on what?
  • How do patients access services?
  • What are the major challenges facing the health care system?

The publication of both reports coincides with the Chancellor of the Exchequer's expected Budget announcement that funding for the UK National Health Service will be increased.

Copies of both reports may be downloaded from www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/Wanless| 


Contact: Interviews can be arranged with the editors of Health Care Systems in Eight Countries: trends and challenges, Elias Mossialos, tel: 020 7955 7564 and Anna Dixon, tel: 020 7955 7594, or through the LSE Press Office on tel: 020 7955 7060.


More information and analysis of health care funding can be found in Funding Health Care: options for Europe (Edited by Elias Mossialos, Anna Dixon, Josep Figueras and Joe Kutzin). Open University Press, 2002. Copies are obtainable from www.openup.co.uk|

The European Observatory on Health Care Systems is a unique project that builds on the commitment of all its partners to improving health care systems:

  • The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
  • Government of Greece
  • Government of Norway
  • Government of Spain
  • European Investment Bank
  • Open Society Institute
  • World Bank
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

22 April 2002