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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Title of document: Highlights on health in Lithuania
Name of author(s): Executive committee
Name of publisher: World health organisation
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Highlights on health give an overview of a country's health status, describing recent data on mortality, morbidity and exposure to key risk factors along with trends over time. The reports link country findings to public health policy considerations developed by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and by other relevant agencies. Highlights on health are developed in collaboration with Member States and do not constitute a formal statistical publication.

Each report also compares a country, when possible, to a reference group. This report uses the 25 countries with low child mortality and low or high adult mortality, designated Eur-B+C .
Reviewer's comments on the document:
To make the comparisons as valid as possible, data, as a rule, are taken from one source to ensure that they have been harmonized in a reasonably consistent way. Unless otherwise noted, the source of data in the reports is the European health for all database of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Purchasing is championed as key to improving health systems performance. However, despite the central role the purchasing function plays in many health system reforms, in Lithuania there is very little evidence about its development or its real impact on societal objectives. This gap and provides: a comprehensive account of the theory and practice of purchasing for health services across Europe; an up-to-date analysis of the evidence on different approaches to purchasing; support for policy-makers and practitioners as they formulate purchasing strategies so that they can increase effectiveness and improve performance in their own national context; and, an assessment of the intersecting roles of citizens, the government and the providers.
Working with chronic disability we are close to health institutions all over Europe.It is very important to follow news and to compare with the situation in our country.Sometimes it helps in writing resolution with requirements to state.Drawing upon a range of experiences and analytical tools, the report traces the evolution of health systems, explores their diverse characteristics, and uncovers a unifying framework of shared goals and functions. Using this as a basis for analysis, the report breaks new ground in presenting an index of health system performance based on three fundamental goals: improving the level and distribution of health, enhancing the responsiveness of the system to the legitimate expectations of the population, and assuring fair financial contributions. As the report convincingly argues, good performance depends critically on the delivery of high-quality services. But it relies on more than that. Health systems must also protect citizens from the financial risks of illness and meet their expectations with dignified care.
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