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Improving health outcomes: innovation, coverage, quality and adherence

Martin McKee1* and Clara K Chow2

Author Affiliations

1 European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

2 The George Institute for Global Health and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012, 1:43  doi:10.1186/2045-4015-1-43

Published: 25 October 2012

Abstract

The Israeli health system has made considerable progress in reducing deaths amenable to medical care but has more to do. This commentary describes how progress in this area results from innovation, coverage, quality, and adherence to treatment. It describes what is being done in Israel and beyond to address each of these factors but concentrates on the often poorly recognised problem of adherence to treatment, describing the growing evidence that it is often sub-optimal and reviewing evidence on what can be done to improve it.