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Mark Britnell launches new book: In search of the perfect health system

Mark Britnell launches new book

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.


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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.


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About the author

Mark Britnell is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems. During his distinguished career he oversaw the largest new hospital build in British history, established the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and developed one of the highest performing healthcare organisations in the UK. 

After joining the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) fast-track Management Training Scheme in 1989 he held a number of senior operational and government posts before being appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham in 2000. He was NHS Director-General for Commissioning and System Management from 2007 to 2009 before joining KPMG, where he is now Chairman of KPMG’s Global Health practice. 

His debut book, In Search of the Perfect Health System, published in October 2015 (Palgrave Macmillan), is the result of more than 25 years experience advising on healthcare strategy in more than 60 countries.

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