Online from: 1997
Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare
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|Title:||Evaluation of the efficiency of national health systems of the members of World Health Organization|
|Author(s):||Sinimole K.R., (St Francis Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India)|
|Citation:||Sinimole K.R., (2012) "Evaluation of the efficiency of national health systems of the members of World Health Organization", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 25 Iss: 2, pp.139 - 150|
|Keywords:||Countries, Data envelopment analysis, Efficiency, Health indicators, Health policy, Health service coverage, Health status, Healthcare, Leadership, World Health Organization|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17511871211221055 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The author wishes to thank Dr Thomas Mathew, Director, St Francis Institute of Management & Research, Professor Vaibhav Kulkarni, Faculty, St Francis Institute of Management & Research, and the anonymous referees of this paper for constructive suggestions that considerably improved the presentation of the paper.|
Purpose – The importance of health care is growing worldwide, and the health sector receives a good proportion of GDP. As health care costs are increasing, it is important to assess the performance of health care facilities across countries. Therefore, this paper aims to examine the effectiveness of data envelopment analysis, which is one of the most important techniques currently available to model and measure the efficiency of national health care systems across the world.
Design/methodology/approach – In this paper, the effectiveness of the operation of 180 countries is evaluated using data envelopment analysis (DEA). The countries selected are the members of the World Health Organization. Efficiency measures are calculated with respect to two groups of indicators, namely health status and health service coverage. In the health status group, four outputs representing mortality rates and one input representing the total expenditure on health is used in the analysis. In the health service coverage group, two outputs representing immunisation coverage and one input representing the total expenditure on health are used in the analysis.
Findings – Using data for the year 2008 from
Originality/value – The value of the paper lies in the fact that it is one of the few studies to examine the robustness of data envelopment analysis to evaluate the performance of health care systems across countries.
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