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The McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) aims to help health systems fundamentally improve performance and health outcomes. In collaboration with health care experts and leaders around the world, we are developing practical perspectives on how to expand access to health services, improve the quality of care, use resources more effectively, and deliver better patient experiences.

Advances in health care have dramatically increased life expectancy, and new medical treatments are helping many people improve their quality of life. Yet progress has created daunting economic challenges: in most of the industrialized world, health care spending has consistently exceeded GDP by two percent per year. Health care has become the world’s largest industry—with a value and cost three times greater than the banking sector.

Governments and health care leaders, aware that ever-increasing health care expenditure is an unsustainable trend, are looking for ways to boost efficiency: how can health organizations care for more people, with better results, at a lower cost? Through our research initiatives and worldwide partnerships, and drawing on McKinsey’s extensive health care experience, the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) is generating insights to help address this challenge.

Our expertise

McKinsey’s research and practical experience provide a strong knowledge base for health care leaders seeking to deliver better care and improve global outcomes. MCG provides access to resources and tools that enable national and regional health systems to transform care delivery and make it more sustainable; health care payors to improve the value of health care; and hospital chains to transform operational performance.

McKinsey's toolkits and solutions include benchmarking databases, models and simulations (such as a medical-risk segmentation model and a dynamic economic model for providers), briefs on more than 20 disease pathways, dashboards and program-management tools, and market and institutional analytics.

McKinsey’s health care experts bring a global perspective and an understanding of how health care really works. Our work benefits from the input of health care leaders and academics globally, as well as from McKinsey’s experience supporting health care projects in more than 70 countries.

Research and collaboration

McKinsey supports primary health care research and leads global health care initiatives. For example, McKinsey’s health care practitioners host the annual Forum for Health in Geneva, which brings together leaders of health care systems to engage in discussions and learn from each other. Additional resources include the Leading Systems Network, a membership-based community convening leaders from forward-thinking health systems; and the Center for US Health System Reform, which undertakes original research and develops tools to help US health care leaders navigate in a post-reform era. Health International, a publication for health care providers, shares insights from McKinsey’s work and from industry experts.

For more information or to discuss potential collaboration, please contact us.

Featured insights

publication | Health International

Health International, Issue 11

The health systems of developed countries have entered an era of unprecedented uncertainty. Until recently, increasing investments in health care enabled them to achieve significant gains—the populations they serve lived longer, better, and happier. However, the current fiscal challenges these health systems face are severe.more

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report | McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform

Accounting for the cost of US health care: Pre-reform trends and the impact of the recession

The latest report from the McKinsey Center for US Health System Reform on health care spending from 2006–09 sheds light on pre-reform trends and the impact of the recession.more


The emerging market in health care innovation

May 2010—Innovators—some from developing nations—have found ways to deliver care effectively at significantly lower cost while increasing access and quality.more


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article | McKinsey on SocietyPublic health

Focus on: Global Public Health

A collection of articles showcases McKinsey’s latest insights into how to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes for populations in need.

Center for US Health System ReformHealth system reform

The Center for US Health System Reform

Our source on the economics of health and the implications of the Affordable Care Act, this center undertakes original research and develops tools to help navigate in a post-reform era.more