Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development, Volume 36, Number 1

Measurement of health care system efficiency

Agnieszka Bem, Paulina Ucieklak-Jeż, Paweł Prędkiewicz


The aim of the paper is presentation of construction of 2 measures (indicators) of health care system effectiveness and, also, the results of studies in this area conducted in OECD countries. We’ve also elaborated the matrix of correlation coefficients for specific socio-economic factors. Basing on this, we’ve evaluated the relations between the health care expenditure and selected indicators of health status. We’ve used data coming from the WHO, Bloomberg and Eurostat. We’ve hypothesized that expenditure on health correlate negatively with PYLL. Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL) estimate of the average years a person would have lived if he or she had not died prematurely. Existing of this correlation should result in incorporation of this factor into the health care system’s efficiency measure to assure the proper diagnosis of the efficiency. Results, obtained during research, especially Pearson correlation coefficient seem to proof the validity of assumption, that the diagnosis of the health system’s overall effectiveness should contain a component of Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL).

JEL codes: I14, I15, P46, R51.

Keyword(s): health system, efficiency, health care

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