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Comparative Health Policies

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Comparative health policy analysis; Health policy exchange


The study, using qualitative and/or quantitative methods, of two or more policies or policy alternatives pertaining to the maintenance, improvement, or restoration of the health of an individual or population, along with their policymaking contexts, for the purposes of deepening understanding, clarifying differences, identifying possible reforms, and/or accomplishing political objectives.


Health policy, unlike many policy issues, is deeply and personally important to most individuals. It is also important to communities because the health sector is among the largest at each level of government.

While the world’s industrialized countries share the same general conception of health (as well as similarly high standards of living), their health systems finance, regulate, and deliver care differently. As a result, there are many opportunities for policy learning across systems.

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Camillo, C.A. (2017). Comparative Health Policies. In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham.

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