OECD hosts meeting of health ministers

OECDlogo_en18 October 2010

At a meeting in Paris on 7-8th October, Ministers discussed how to enhance quality, reduce waste and promote healthy lifestyles in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Health ministers face huge challenges at the moment. In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, some are being asked to cut spending. All Ministers have to think of the longer term - how best to ensure high quality health care and good value for money in the face of population ageing, technological change, and rising population expectations.

More details on the this forum, including the final communique can be found at: http://www.oecd.org/site/0,3407,en_21571361_44701414_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

There was also a discussion on the future health role of the OECD summarized in the Communique. It states "We wish to see the OECD continue to provide us with valuable comparative data and to help us identify policies which can deliver high-performing health systems. The OECD expertise lies in the economic analysis of health policies. We invite the Health Committee to carry out further work over the coming five or so years, subject to sufficient resources being available."

 

 

 

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