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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

In Search of the Perfect Health System

ISBN 9781137496614
Publication Date October 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Have you ever imagined what a truly great health system could look like?

Over the past six years, author Mark Britnell has worked in 60 countries – covering eight-tenths of the world's GDP – with hundreds of government, public and private healthcare organisations. 
With chapters on 25 different countries, including Brazil, China and the USA, his practical, succinct guide to the world's major health systems explores what lessons can be drawn from each to improve health worldwide.

This insightful and informative exploration of health systems around the world will give you a truly global health perspective.

Mark Britnell is Chairman and Partner of the Global Health Practice at KPMG in the UK and leads their Global Center of Excellence.

Mark masterminded the largest single new hospital building in the history of the NHS and helped develop the NHS Plan – a ten year plan for investment and reform. He speaks and writes regularly on international health affairs and the NHS and has consistently been voted one of the most influential people in the industry.

1. The Perfect Health System.- Country profiles.- Part 1: Asia and Australia.- 2. Japan – Live long and prosper.- 3. South Korea – National pride and global ambition.- 4. China – Communist chimera?.- 5. Hong Kong – Demography, democracy and destiny.- 6. Malaysia – Reform some time, soon?.- 7. Singapore – Wealth and health.- 8. Indonesia – Largest single payer in the world.-9. Australia – Advance Australia Fair.- 10. India – One country, two worlds.- Part 2: Middle East and Africa.- 11 Qatar – Build and they will come.- 12 Israel – The best kept secret in global health?.- 13 South Africa – No more false dawns.- Part 3: Europe.- 14. Russia – A distressed and distressing system.- 15. The Nordics – Decentralised welfare utopia?.- 16. The Netherlands – Competition and social solidarity.- 17. Germany – Doctor knows best.- 18. Switzerland – You get what you pay for.- 19. Italy – No longer 'la dolce vita'.- 20. Portugal – The price of austerity.- 21. France – Neither Beveridge nor Bismarck but the Republic.- 22. England – The NHS. In place of fear.- Part 4: The Americas.- 23 Canada – At the crossroads.- 24 The US – Let's face the music and dance.- 25 Mexico – Unfinished business.- 26 Brazil – Order and progress?.- Part 5: Global Challenges.- 27. Universal Healthcare – Triumph of political will.- 28. Same Problem, Different Country – The paradox of change.- 29. Clinical Quality – The more I know, the less I sleep.- 30. Value Walks – There is no healthcare without the workforce.- 31. Patients As Partners – Renewable energy.- 32. Climate Change and Sustainability – Our dirty little secret.- 33. Ageing – Every cloud has a silver lining.- Part 6: Conclusion.- 34 Conclusion – We wouldn't start from here.- Key Statistics at a Glance.


Read this book if you want to know what works and doesn't work in healthcare!' - Wouter Bos, Chairman of VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam 'This is an excellent book for understanding best practices of healthcare systems around the world. Practitioners and students should read it!.' Professor Ling Li - Senior Advisor to Chinese Health Minister and Chair of the China Centre for Health Development, Peking University'This book is vital reading for every clinical leader. The challenges of leading today require looking beyond boundaries to see the bright spots from systems across the world.' - Maureen Bisognano, CEO of Institute Healthcare Improvement, USA'Clearly demonstrates that developing and developed countries alike all have something to teach and learn' - Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder and Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group in India 'Intelligible, quick reads are hard to come by in healthcare services. But that is what is delivered by Mark Britnell, Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health at consultancy KPMG... The book is a great, level-headed summary of where we are today.' Healthcare Business International 'The book describes health care systems across the globe. It makes the point that no country has the perfect solution and it invites the reader to consider how countries as disparate as Indonesia and Switzerland have developed solutions to the bespoke challenges in their respective countries. It is beautifully written and as the fly note says, each chapter can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.' Dr Peter Carter OBE
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