Good health at low cost 25 years on. What makes a successful health system?
to use donor and government funds effectively . Our study explores how
the countries are improving health, while managing these challenges and
preparing for the future.
Much can be gained by understanding the five countries’´ achievements
and successes. Countries such as Thailand and the state of Tamil Nadu
have done well over long periods of time; others, like Ethiopia,
Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh, have demonstrated faster improvements in
recent years compared with countries with comparable economic
resources. All have implemented ambitious and far-reaching reforms. The
following chapters provide individual country case studies to chart how
these measurable improvements have developed. This is with a view to
providing lessons on how other, less successful countries – at similar
stages in their economic development – might follow in their footsteps.
A separate chapter analyses the experience of those countries studied in
the original Good health at low cost report 25 years later.
The Thai team and, in particular, Supon Limwattananon, produced the
multi-country analyses on the determinants of health outcomes for the
chapter, which informed the development of its content. Tim Powell-
Jackson produced Figures 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8 and 2.11, and provided
accompanying text. Benjamin Palafox produced Tables 2.1 and 2.2.
All GHLC team members and Steering Committee members contributed
to the development of the initial ideas, framework for analysis and