Health at a Glance 2009
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Health at a Glance 2009

OECD Indicators

This fifth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries.

This edition also contains new chapters on the health workforce and on access to care, an important policy objective in all OECD countries. The chapter on quality of care has been extended to include a set of indicators on the quality of care for chronic conditions.

Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context within which health systems operate, as well as a concise description of key characteristics in health system financing and delivery of services in OECD countries.

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Date de publication :
08 déc 2009
DOI :
10.1787/health_glance-2009-en
 
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Pages :
112–115
DOI :
10.1787/health_glance-2009-47-en

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Which areas of the health care system are providing value-for-money and which show opportunities for performance improvement? While ongoing national and international efforts, such as the Systems of Health Accounts, are providing better information on health care spending, information on the value that health care services create is still limited. Quality of care, or the degree to which care is delivered in accordance with established standards and optimal outcomes, is one of the key dimensions of value.
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