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Getting Health Reform Right, Anniversary Edition

by (author) Marc J. Roberts, William Hsiao, Peter Berman & Michael R. Reich

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Public Health
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    Sep 2019
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Featuring a new introduction by the authors

Getting Health Reform Right is the world's leading text for understanding and managing health systems and their reform. Its simple, analytical model allows readers to design their own approach to improve health-system performance based on three outcomes of greatest importance (health status, citizen satisfaction, and financial risk protection), with step-by-step instructions for defining problems, diagnosing causes, devising solutions, and implementing changes.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Marc J. Roberts (1943-2014) was Professor of Political Economy and Health Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

William C. Hsiao is K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Peter Berman is Professor and Director, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.

Michael R. Reich is Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Editorial Reviews

"The authors' candid reflections are central to contemporary challenges of health reform and policy translation. A key resource for policymakers, analysts, and program managers seeking the trinity of universal coverage, quality, and financial protection."

--Olusoji Adeyi, Director of Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC

"A marvelous tool. The five 'control knobs'-as well as the illustration of the complex interactions among the technical, ethical and political dimensions of the policy cycle-allowed me to organize my systemic thinking while advancing towards the implementation of effective universal health care in Argentina."

--Adolfo Rubinstein, Secretary of Health of Argentina

"Has become the mainstay of health-system reform conversations among policymakers in India. Its unique and accessible framing, which goes beyond abstract ideas, has resonated strongly in debates over how to improve health system performance."

--Nachiket Mor, former Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India

"Rapidly assumed the status of a classic and proved an inspiration to a generation of students and policymakers. It is as relevant today as when it was first published."

--Peter C. Smith, Emeritus Professor of Health Policy, Imperial College Business School, London