Comparing health policy agendas across eleven high income countries: Islands of difference in a sea of similarity

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dc.contributor.author Tenbensel, Timothy en
dc.contributor.author Eagle, S en
dc.contributor.author Ashton, Toni en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-24T22:45:03Z en
dc.date.issued 2012-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Health Policy 106(1):29-36 Jun 2012 en
dc.identifier.issn 0168-8510 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21724 en
dc.description.abstract Does the way in which health systems are financed influence whether health policymakers are more or less interested in accessible and equitable health services? Are social democratic governments more interested in primary health care reform than conservative governments? Have particular domains of health policy really become more important over the past decade across a range of countries? In this exploratory article, we investigate the similarities and differences in patterns of attention in health policy in eleven high income countries using data from the Health Policy Monitor database from 2003 to 2010. Our study suggests significant 'islands of difference' in an overall 'sea of similarity' between the health policy agendas of the selected countries. The key findings are: (i) that improving population health outcomes is more likely to be on the agenda under tax-based systems and when centre-left parties are dominant in government; (ii) health systems funded through social insurance are more preoccupied with efficiency and cost-containment than tax-funded systems; (iii) the political complexion of governments is not a major factor shaping health policy agendas; and (iv) since 2003 there has been an increasing interest in initiatives that address public health concerns, access and equity, and population health outcomes. © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Policy en
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dc.title Comparing health policy agendas across eleven high income countries: Islands of difference in a sea of similarity en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.04.011 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 29 en
pubs.volume 106 en
pubs.author-url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168851012001169 en
pubs.end-page 36 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 357252 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Health Systems en
dc.identifier.eissn 1872-6054 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-02-25 en


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