This paper reviews comparative research on health policy in OECD countries, outlining the origins and development of health policy in the modern state and pointing to the different ways that development has been understood by welfare state scholars. We describe different standard forms of health system, discussing the ways health care is paid for, provided and regulated in advanced industrial countries, and comment on the emergence of a new domain of international and global health.

Source: Obinger, H, Pierson, C, Castles, F G, Leibfried, S and Lewis, J (eds) Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford: Oxford UP