Health at a Glance 2015
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branch Foreword

This 2015 edition of Health at a Glance – OECD Indicators presents the most recent comparable data on key indicators of health and health systems across the 34 OECD member countries. For a subset of indicators, it also reports data for partner countries, including Brazil, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and South Africa. This edition includes two new features: a set of dashboard indicators on health and health systems, presented in Chapter 1, summarising the comparative performance of OECD countries, and a special chapter on recent trends in pharmaceutical spending across OECD countries, presented in Chapter 2.

The production of Health at a Glance would not have been possible without the contribution of OECD Health Data National Correspondents, Health Accounts Experts, and Health Care Quality Indicators Experts from the 34 OECD countries. The OECD gratefully acknowledges their effort in supplying most of the data contained in this publication. The OECD also acknowledges the contribution of other international organisations, especially the World Health Organization and Eurostat, for sharing some of the data presented here, and the European Commission for supporting data development work.

This publication was prepared by a team from the OECD Health Division under the co-ordination of Gaétan Lafortune. Chapter 1 was prepared by Gaétan Lafortune and Nelly Biondi; Chapter 2 by Valérie Paris, Annalisa Belloni, David Morgan and Michael Mueller; Chapter 3 by Nelly Biondi and Gaétan Lafortune; Chapter 4 by Marion Devaux, Nelly Biondi and Franco Sassi; Chapter 5 by Gaétan Lafortune, Frédéric Daniel, Liliane Moreira and Michael Gmeinder; Chapter 6 by Gaétan Lafortune, Frédéric Daniel and Nelly Biondi; Chapter 7 by Gaétan Lafortune, Marion Devaux, Michael Mueller, Marie-Clémence Canaud, Frédéric Daniel and Nelly Biondi; Chapter 8 by Ian Brownwood, Ian Forde, Rie Fujisawa, Nelly Biondi, Emily Hewlett, Carol Nader, Luke Slawomirski and Niek Klazinga; Chapter 9 by David Morgan, Michael Mueller, Yuki Murakami and Michael Gmeinder; Chapter 10 by Valérie Paris, Annalisa Belloni, David Morgan, Michael Mueller, Luke Slawomirski and Marie-Clémence Canaud; Chapter 11 by Tim Muir, Yuki Murakami, Gaétan Lafortune, Marie-Clémence Canaud and Nelly Biondi. This publication benefited from useful comments from Francesca Colombo.

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