Title

The World Health Report 2000: Can Health Care Systems Be Compared Using a Single Measure of Performance?

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

American Journal of Public Health

ISSN

0090-0036

Volume

92

Issue

1

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.92.1.30

First Page

30

Last Page

33

Publication Date

January 2002

Abstract

COMPARATIVE STUDIES have been part of health services research literature for decades. The benefits of these analyses include documenting how the more successful practices can be adapted in another country. Such has been the case in France, where many US health care delivery practices have been adopted in market reforms. The World Health Organization (WHO) studied the health systems of 191 countries for its World Health Report 2000.2 The study is provocative and has stimulated significant analysis of the structure and performance of health systems.3 We examine the variables and methodology used by the WHO to measure efficiency and performance of health systems.