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Health Policy Developments Issue 2: Focus on Health and Aging, Pharmaceutical Policies and Human Resources

Busse R, Schlette S
Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers





This second issue of “Health Policy Developments” pays special attention to three concurrent health policy topics, all of them high on health policy agendas in a variety of developed countries:

– Health and aging
– Pharmaceutical policies
– Human resources and health

While we describe current developments from the reporting period April through November 2003 in detail on our Web site, www.healthpolicymonitor.org, we chose a somewhat different approach to present the findings from the second survey in Issue 2. Criteria for selection were scope, continuity and presence in public debate during and beyond the reporting period proper. With this in mind, we looked at topics from the first and the second survey independently of their present stage of development or implementation. Some of the case studies—drawn, for example, from Germany, France, the United States, Australia and Canada—may offer test cases or model solutions for the same debates elsewhere.

Finally, in line with the Health Policy Network’s news and monitoring function, the last chapter follows up on developments reported in Issue 1/2003, particularly on funding, quality and coordination of health care services. The Newsflash also gives a brief overview of key health policy reform in our new network member country, the Republic of Korea. The very success of increasingly large numbers of people living to a respectable seniority raises challenging questions for communities and policy makers. Throughout the world, the proportion of older people (65 years or older), and especially that of the oldest old (80 years or older), is growing faster than that of any other age group. This increase results not only from prolonged life expectancy but also from decreasing fertility rates...

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