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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

Winner of the first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2016.

With chapters on 25 different countries, this practical and succinct guide to the world's major health systems explores what lessons can be drawn from each to improve health worldwide. Each chapter is an essay designed to give the reader essential knowledge of the history, strengths, weaknesses and lessons of each health system and provide a truly global health perspective – all in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Whether a healthcare manager or a student studying health systems, this accessible and engaging book provides a fascinating insight in to how health care is delivered around the world.

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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