The performance of health care services in Sweden – productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes

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As health care is mainly organized by non-market principles, signals about the performance are omitted. In environments such as this benchmarking becomes a useful tool to compare and reveal differences in the performance of various health systems, health care services, and health care policies. In this project the performance of Swedish health care services will be benchmarked and analyzed. Three important aspects of the performance will be considered; productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes. The applied methods will offer policy makers and health care providers insight into the trends of performance, and, thereby, of where gains in productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes might be achieved.

Aim of the project

The overall research aim with this project is to explore how the performance of health care services in terms of productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes can be improved using benchmarking as instrument. Central research questions are:

  • How have productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes in health care services developed over time for different sub-sectors?
  • What is the impact of health care policies on productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes?
  • Is there a cost and health care outcomes trade-off in health care services?
  • What are the determinants for variations in costs, productivity, efficiency and health care outcomes?
  • How can the methods for evaluating productivity and efficiency be expanded to incorporate measures of health care outcomes?

Results in brief

There are currently no results from this project. 

Continued work

This is an ongoing project which is expected to finish in 2019. 

Contact person

Graduate Student

Fanny Goude

Phone: +46-(0)72-579 53 68
Organizational unit: MMC/Health Economics and Policy
E-mail: fanny.goude@ki.se