HiTs and Living HiTs

The Health Systems in Transition (HiT) profiles are health system reviews that systematically describe and assess the core components of a health system: organization and governance, financing, physical and human resources, service provision, and health reforms.

HiTs are produced by a team of country experts in collaboration with an external editor and under the guidance of the APO secretariat. HiTs use a standardized template that is also used by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, which enables comparison between countries and across regions.

HiTs are re-written every three to five years, and to capture significant changes in the interim, updates on specific parts of the HiTs will be produced as necessary, enabling comparisons across time.

In-between the complete renewals of a HiT, the APO has put in place a mechanism to update sections of the published HiTs, which are called the “Living HiTs” series. HiTs and Living HiTs updates currently can be accessed in one page.

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Latest HiTs
  • Myanmar

    The Myanmar HiT reports of positive indications that, along with the changes in the country’s political system and administrative structures following the 2010 national elections, the new government is undertaking important reforms in the health sector. Along with the need to further improve health equity among its population, Myanmar has to overcome supply side limitations of the past, and effectively manage incoming challenges.
  • Lao PDR

    Lao PDR HiT: The Lao PDR HiT reports on impressive health gains over the past 3 decades due to strong political commitment to develop the health system. The results, however, have been mixed and gaps remain between policy intentions and effective implementation.
  • New Zealand (2014)

    New Zealand HiT: New Zealand continues to have a predominantly tax-funded health system, providing universal coverage managed by the District Health Boards. The population enjoys high health status overall, but with significant inequalities in Māori and Pacific health.
(Source: Cecil Lee)
  • Malaysia (2013)

    Impressive population-wide health gains with a low-cost health care system.
  • Mongolia (2013)

    The HiT highlights key gains and challenges as the health system evolves from the Soviet era Semaskho model.
(Source: Thom Watson)
  • Philippines (2012)

    Implementation of health system reforms has been challenged by the fragmentation of services.
(Source: Robert Prather)
  • Fiji (2011)

    Health system and policies must adapt to cope with increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases.