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A Framework for Health System Comparisons: The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) Series of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Rechel B, Lessof S, Busse R, McKee M, Figueras J, Mossialos E, van Ginneken E
In: Levy A, Goring S, Gatsonis C, Sobolev B, van Ginneken E, Busse R (Eds.) Health Services Evaluation.
Springer US, ISBN: 978-1-4939-8714-6, pp 279-296, $this->_build_link_list($this->linkCount++, "https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7673-4_15-1", "doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7673-4_15-1 [1]")


Comparing health systems across countries allows policy-makers to make informed decisions on how to strengthen their systems. The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies produces a series of profiles that systematically describe health systems - the HiTs. These capture how a health system is organized, how funds flow through the system, and what care it provides. Thy follow a common template and are updated periodically. they allow policy-makers and academics to understand each system individually in light of its previous development and in context of other European health systems. In effect, the HiTs provide a framework for omparison across countries. This chapter describes the Observatory's experience in developing the framework. It explores the role of the HiT template, the proceses put in place to support consistency and comparability, and the efforts to build in policy relevance. It highlights the lessons learned so far and what they might contribute to the development of other comparative frameworks.

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