OECD ministers fear that economic crisis may reduce investment in prevention of chronic disease

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 11 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5655
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Health ministers and policy makers from 36 countries met in Paris last week to discuss ways to reduce spending on health care in the current economic climate without damaging the quality of care.

“The message is loud and clear that some objectives are so central and important that we cannot compromise,” said Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, Norway’s health minister, at the close of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development meeting on 7-8 October, which she chaired.

Amid huge financial pressure on OECD countries, whose health spending is on average 9% of gross domestic product (and more than 10% in seven …

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