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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All OECD countries use a mix of public and private financing of health care, but to differing degrees. Public financing is confined to government revenues in countries where central and/or local governments are primarily responsible for financing health services directly (e.g. Spain and Norway). It comprises both general government revenues and social contributions in countries with social insurance basedfunding (e.g. France and Germany). Private financing, on the other hand, covers households’ out-of-pocket payments (either direct or as co-payments), thirdparty payment arrangements effected through various forms of private health insurance, health services such as occupational health care directly provided by employers, and other direct benefits provided by charities and the like.
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