This brief report summarises the results of a workshop that explored developments in health systems internationally and how comparative analysis of these might usefully be applied to the Australian health system.
The HC Coombs Policy Forum took advantage of the visit of two experts on international health systems (Professor Ted Marmor of Yale University and Associate Professor Kieke Okma of New York University) to organise a round table discussion to share information and experiences on various aspects of health system management. There were 21 invited participants at the Workshop including senior members of the public service, academia and health sector organisations along with the two international health policy specialists.
The working lunch meeting began with comments on cross border learning, aspects of health system management and themes common to diverse systems and current Australian reforms and emerging issues. There followed facilitated discussions on four topics with opening remarks by the visiting experts. The Chatham House Rule applied.