Thursday, February 6, 2014
Characteristics of Successful Health Systems with Notes
Preface: The bold print characteristics outlined below are from article by Balabanova, D. Mills, A, Conteh, L, et al, “Good Health at Low Costs 25 years on: Lessons for the Future of Health Systems Strengthening,” Lancet, 2013: pages 2118-2133. The notes are mine.
Have vision and long term strategies
ObamaCare has vision and long term strategy, but is it the right vision and the right strategy?
Take into account the constraints imposed by history and previous decisions
ObamaCare may not take into account previous administrations' failures to achieve universal coverage because of constraints of American free enterprise market-driven culture.
Build consensus at the societal level.
The consensus is not yet built.
Allow flexibility and autonomy in decision-making.
This is arguably ObamaCare’s greatest failing.
Are resilient and learn from experience , feeding back into the policy cycle.
This is happening but slowly and reluctantly.
Receive support from the broader governance and socioeconomic context and are in harmony with the popular culture and population preference.
Broader ObamaCare tends to be out of context with socioeconomic desires and preferences of popular culture.
Achieve synergies among sectors and actors.
Synergies have yet to be achieved.
Demonstrate openness to dialogue and collaboration between public and private sectors , with effective governess.
Openness and dialogue between public and private sections is notably absent and is effective government oversight.
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