Observatory Studies Series Series 29

The Changing National Role in Health System Governance

A Case-based Study of 11 European Countries and Australia

September 2013
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    16th September 2013
  • ISBN 9789289000031
  • Language English
  • Pages 83 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.75"

This study of 12 countries provides an overview of recent changes in national governments' role in the governance of health systems, focusing on efforts to reconfigure responsibilities for health policy, regulation and management; the resultant policy priorities; and the initial impact. The shift in responsibilities shows little uniform direction: a number of countries have centralized certain areas of decision-making or regulation but decentralized others. The study reviews common trends, based on the country cases, and assesses potential future developments.