International comparisons and policy development

Health care systems are different. Each country has its own methods of financing, organising service delivery, and monitoring outcomes of care. Each of these is shaped by various political, cultural, and historical influences. However, health systems in all countries face common challenges, particularly around rising costs due to demographic change, technological advances, and increasing public expectations. At the same time, they also share common goals in ensuring accessible health care of high quality, which is responsive, affordable and financially sustainable, is available to all citizens. International comparison enables us to explore the ways different countries approach these problems and objectives, benchmark comparable data, and analyse differing strategies for reform. Ultimately, these analyses aim to encourage cross-country learning and inform policy development.