Getting Better

Getting Better

Author: 
Smith, Owen
Place: 
Washington, D. C.
Publisher: 
World Bank Group
Date published: 
2013
Record type: 
Responsibility: 
Nguyen, Son Nam, jt. author
Editor: 
Hasan, Amer| Hyson, Marilou| Chang, Mae Chu
Abstract: 

Fifty years ago, health outcomes in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia were not far behind those in Western Europe and well ahead of most other regions of the world. But progress since then has been slow. While life expectancy in the ECA region today is close to the global average, the gap with its western neighbors has doubled, and other middle-income regions have all surpassed ECA. Some countries in the region are doing better, but full convergence with the world?s most advanced health systems is still a long way off. At the same time, survey evidence suggests that the health sector is the top priority for additional investment among populations across the region. The experience of high-income countries also suggests that popular demand for strong and accessible health systems will only grow over time. Yet these aspirations must be reconciled with current fiscal realities. In brief, health sector issues are a challenge here to stay for policy-makers across the ECA region. This report draws on new evidence to explore the development challenge facing health sectors in ECA, and highlights three key agendas to help policy-makers seeking to achieve more rapid convergence with the world?s best performing health systems....

CITATION: Smith, Owen. Getting Better edited by Hasan, Amer| Hyson, Marilou| Chang, Mae Chu . Washington, D. C. : World Bank Group , 2013. - Available at: http://library.au.int/getting-better