- Phyllida Brown
The World Health Organization has postponed until 2003 a high profile report, originally due out this year, that compares the performance of health systems around the world.
The delay, announced last week in Geneva at the WHO's executive board meeting, amounts to an admission that the UN agency needs to improve its methods for comparing countries. Its first attempt to rank health systems, in 2000 (BMJ 2000;320:1687), provoked an outcry.
The original ranking, in the World Health Report 2000, was based on indicators of each nation's “healthy life expectancy,” the “responsiveness” of the health system to patients' expectations, …