International comparison of health care systems

Kumar, A and Ozdamar, L 2004, 'International comparison of health care systems', International Journal of The Computer, the Internet and Management, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 57-66.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title International comparison of health care systems
Author(s) Kumar, A
Ozdamar, L
Year 2004
Journal name International Journal of The Computer, the Internet and Management
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 57
End page 66
Total pages 10
Publisher Assumption University
Abstract The issue concerning efficiency evaluation of health care systems has become increasingly important in the context of ever growing health care expenditure in the U.S. vis-a-vis the other industrialized nations. International comparison of healthcare systems is commonly practiced using subjective methods available in the literature, which lead to non-standard rankings. Each individual investigator uses different subjective judgment and assigns varying weights to measurements in each class. Hence, a mathematical evaluation method, based on the concept of Pareto-optimal organization, is proposed in this paper. This method is easy to apply and uses a linear programming model. The weights for various measurements are determined by an objective method and are standardised. The United States is ranked lowest under most of the categories of health care system. Japan with highest life expectancy, lowest child mortality rate and health care expenditures is ranked number one under most of the categories.
Keyword(s) health care systems
health care expenditure
Pareto-optimal organization
linear programming model
child mortality rate
life expectancy
ISSN 0858-7027
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