Resource Spotlight: Capacity Planning in Health Care: a Review of the International Experience

Capacity Planning in Health Care
Capacity Planning in Health Care

Health systems in most high-income countries aim to provide a comprehensive range of services to the entire population and to ensure that standards of quality, equity and responsiveness are maintained. Although approaches vary widely, responsibility for developing the overall framework for financing and organizing health care usually lies with the central government, while governance of the health system is often shared by central and regional authorities.

In this policy brief, we review approaches to capacity planning, a crucial component of health care governance. By concentrating on a selection of countries as diverse as Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and New Zealand, we aim to show a range of approaches to health care financing and organization, since both of these factors have an impact on approaches to capacity planning. Author's description

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