OUT TODAY: In Search of the Perfect Health System, by Mark Britnell

“This book is a masterclass in brief and insightful commentary. We should all listen when Mark Britnell calls for collective action to tackle the challenges of healthcare.” Lord Nigel Crisp

  • What does the perfect health system look like?
  • Which countries’ health systems perform best?
  • What lessons can we learn from healthcare systems across the globe?


Healthcare is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today. It can decide elections, consume more than a tenth of many nation’s GDP and can determine how long you live.

Every nation has its own unique healthcare system, each with its individual strengths and weaknesses, each struggling to provide effective, affordable care to meet growing demand. In Search of the Perfect Health System is the first book to comprehensively examine healthcare systems across the globe in order to answer the all-important question: what does the ‘perfect’ health system look like?

Chairman of the Global Health Practice at KPMG International and author of In Search of the Perfect Health System, Mark Britnell has spent more than 20 years working with public and private healthcare organisations, travelling to over 60 countries on nearly 200 occasions. Combining the heart and passion of a healthcare professional, and patient, with the head of a man leading a successful global enterprise, Britnell has learned first-hand what makes a healthcare system work – and what doesn’t.

Reflecting the diversity of its subject matter, Britnell focuses on compelling case studies of countries whose healthcare systems offer inspiration and insight for the rest of the world. With an insider’s acumen, Britnell explores how elements of healthcare systems as diverse as those found in India, South Africa and Singapore can contribute to meeting the global healthcare challenge, demonstrating how collaboration on a global scale can tackle these challenges.

Each of the 25 country chapters puts a particular system under the microscope, revealing the different ways nations respond to the healthcare challenges faced today. From the UK’s struggle with competition in the NHS to the rise of universal healthcare in the US; from the ticking time-bomb of Japan’s ageing population to the Nordics’ early-years health education, the book is a timely and well-informed examination of the best – and worst – examples of healthcare from around the world.

Published in paperback by Palgrave Macmillan on October 15th 2015,
£19.99 www.kpmg.com/perfecthealth   

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