Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Review: Getting Health Reform Right

Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity by Roberts, Hsiao, Berman and Reich

This was one of the better policy books I've ever read. It was a bit dry, but it was nevertheless interesting, balanced and original throughout. The wealth of knowledge and expertise was outstanding; the authors offer useful examples of health reforms from different countries on every page.

They manage to provide both analysis that is dispassionate and balanced, but also useful policy recommendations. Each chapter has several well-reasoned policy recommendations.

It is interesting throughout, a rarity for policy books. The second half of the book might actually be better and more useful than the first. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Financing, Payment and Behavior.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in health policymaking. All that being said, this is more toolkit than interesting for its own sake; I would only recommend it to someone interesting in health policymaking.

I will bring it with me to Abidjan.  

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