Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health – report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
This report reviews strategies to limit ineffective spending and waste. Following a brief pause after the economic crisis, health expenditure is rising again in most OECD countries. Countries could potentially spend significantly less on health care with no impact on health system performance, or on health outcomes. This report systematically reviews strategies put in place by countries to limit ineffective spending and waste. On the clinical front, preventable errors and low-value care are discussed. The operational waste discussion reviews strategies to obtain lower prices for medical goods and to better target the use of expensive inputs. Finally, the report reviews countries experiences in containing administrative costs and integrity violations in health.