Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesAn economic and policy perspective

Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesAn economic and policy perspective

Richard D. Smith and Kara Hanson

Print publication date: 2012

ISBN: 9780199566761

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This book outlines the key aspects and issues concerning health systems of low- and middle-income countries, recognizing the current global context within which these systems operate and the dynamics of this context. Chapters tackle the issues that face population health and health care in the 21st century. The focus is predominantly low- and middle-income countries, with a distinct meeting of economic and policy perspectives, and grounding analysis of key issues within the broader international context. The book therefore provides a unique and comprehensive analysis of health systems, with a very different and unique ‘flavour’ in the field.

Table of Contents

Section 1 The ‘health system’

Chapter 1 What is a ‘health system’?

Richard D. Smith and Kara Hanson

Section 2 The ‘health sector’: financing, purchasing, provision, and performance

Chapter 3 Measuring and evaluating performance

Ellen Nolte and Martin McKee

Chapter 7 Pharmaceuticals and the health sector

Prashant Yadav, Richard D. Smith, and Kara Hanson

Section 3 Health and systems in the wider context

Chapter 9 The health system and external financing

Anna Vassall and Melisa Martínez-Álvarez

Section 4 The future of health systems

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