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Submitted by Owen on

Adam -- thanks for the interesting post. I was surprised to see that the WHS found that most outpatient care in the OECD region is public. In 2009, 21 of 29 OECD countries reported that primary care is predominantly private. The picture is more mixed for outpatient specialist care, where it's closer to 50-50, since many countries deliver this through public hospitals. At any rate, perhaps the WHS had a smaller (and biased) sample of OECD countries.
On a separate note, in Sri Lanka times have changed since the WHS... now slightly over half of outpatient care is delivered by the private sector, bringing it closer (for better or worse) to the South Asia norm.