Breve 6: Health Benefits Plans in OECD Countries

Oct 2015
This Breve is based on a webinar presented by Valérie Paris, health economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on May 15, 2014, to the members of the Knowledge Network on Health Benefits Packages and Priority Setting in Health. The presentation focused on research carried out by the OECD and on data from the 2012 Health System Characteristics Survey. Two studies were specifically referenced: (i) "Value in Pharmaceutical Pricing", published in 2013, which explores the methods used by 14 OECD countries to make decisions on reimbursement and the pricing of pharmaceutical products on the basis of their value; and (ii) an ongoing study that seeks to identify how OECD countries define the health benefits packages covered by their systems. The current brief presents key results emerging from these two studies.