Meeting on WP5 (Health Services), Valencia, June 2010

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An INDICSER meeting on WP5 (Health Services) was held on 24-25 June, hosted by IVIE. In attendance were representatives from BHAM, NIESR, CEPS, Tarki as well as IVIE . Paul Schreyer from OECD, the author of an influential report on measuring the volume output of education and health services, also participated as a guest. The discussion covered both methodology and data sources and planning so that INDICSER can meet its deliverables deadlines.  

The discussion led to a number of conclusions. International data sources are unlikely to be very useful in constructing output measures for health services since they lacked the required information on activities and unit costs.  The participants agreed to concentrate largely on gathering data on activities, unit costs and in hospital mortality rates at a detailed level for a few countries, namely the UK, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. This will be supplemented by data on gender and age and waiting times, which are potentially useful for explaining variations in output but should not appear directly in the index. Both national and international data will be gathered on inputs. The team will also undertake reviews of data availability on outcomes but concentrating on those for a few major diseases such as cancer and heart conditions. 

The meeting coincided with a public seminar  entitled "New Developments in Health Metrics" , held at the University of Valencia on 25 June 2010, at which participants from BHAM, NIESR and IVIE presented previous research.    A short summary of the seminar, and a copy of the programme, can download below, or is available on the BBVA Foundation-Ivie Seminar webpage.

Seminar programme June2010.pdf
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