Health systems, health, wealth and societal well-being. Assessing the case for investing in health systems (2011)



Edited by Josep Figueras and Martin McKee
Published by Open University Press
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies series
2011, xxiv +304 pages
ISBN 978 0 335 24430 0

This book looks at health systems from a new perspective. By reviewing the complex relationship between health systems, health and wealth, it argues that health systems need not be, as is often believed, simply a drag on resources but rather can be part and parcel of improving health and achieving better economic growth.

Aiming to assist policy-makers as they assess the case for investing in health systems, “Health systems, health, wealth and societal well-being” reviews the evidence and analyses some of the lessons that can be drawn from that evidence.

It will be of value to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners keen to understand what can be done to create equitable and sustainable health systems fit for the 21st century.