Friday, February 19, 2010

The Economist on Health Care Quality in Europe

Here's the The Economist on health care quality ranking and spending among European countries (click on the graph above to magnify). It's a shame that the obvious conclusion below hasn't been the focal point of the debate among policy makers and pundits here in the US:
THE private provision of health care comes in several forms across Europe. In Germany and the Netherlands it provides coverage for those not on government schemes; in Britain and Ireland it duplicates state-run systems; and in France it tops up cover from official programmes. But do private health schemes lead to better care overall? A study by the Boston Consulting Group concludes that countries relying mainly on insurance—such as France, Germany and the Netherlands—provide better care than those, like Britain, Italy and Spain, that are chiefly funded by taxes and which spend less on health care as a proportion of GDP.

By the way, the Swiss health care model is excellent and highly compatible with American institutions. Why is it that almost nobody talks about their model in this country?

PS: notice in the graph how quality can't be dissociated from spending.

2 comments:

Joshua said...

I'm curious about what regression analysis would find in that graph. Also, I think nobody talks about Switzerland because Canada is next door and has a health care system that everyone seems to like.

Pedro H. Albuquerque said...

Hi Joshua, well, the reputation of the Canadian system is far from being the best. Have you watched the movie "The Barbarian Invasions"? Not a beutiful depiction of the Canadian health care system.
The link below, although nothing more than an example, shows something that, at least to my knowledge, is quite rare in countries like Switzerland, but not so rare in Canada:
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2010/02/23/nl-williams-heartcp-230210.html
Besides that, I don't think that Canadian institutions are the most compatible with American institutions.