I’m sick of this

LC sent along this catchy tune. On health care:



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2 responses to “I’m sick of this

  1. joshmccabe

    Not so sure I would use the WHO rankings for much… they have quite a funky methodology.

  2. Jenn Lena

    To respond, Josh, here’s what a friend sent this week:

    The ranking was produced by the WHO in 2000 using a composite index that took several variables into account. See http://www.who.int/whr/2000/media_centre/press_release/en/index.html

    “The key paragraphs are these:

    In designing the framework for health system performance, WHO broke new methodological ground, employing a technique not previously used for health systems. It compares each country’s system to what the experts estimate to be the upper limit of what can be done with the level of resources available in that country. It also measures what each country’s system has accomplished in comparison with those of other countries.

    WHO’s assessment system was based on five indicators: overall level of population health; health inequalities (or disparities) within the population; overall level of health system responsiveness (a combination of patient satisfaction and how well the system acts); distribution of responsiveness within the population (how well people of varying economic status find that they are served by the health system); and the distribution of the health system’s financial burden within the population (who pays the costs).”

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