Health at a Glance 2011
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Health at a Glance 2011

OECD Indicators

This sixth 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.   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.

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Publication Date :
23 Nov 2011
DOI :
10.1787/health_glance-2011-en
 
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Self-reported health and disability at age 65 You or your institution have access to this content

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OECD
DOI :
10.1787/health_glance-2011-67-en

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Most OECD countries conduct regular health surveys which allow respondents to report on different aspects of their health. A question that is often found among such surveys relates to self-perceived health status, and is usually similar to: "How is your health in general?". Although these questions are subjective, indicators of perceived general health have been found to be a good predictor of people’s future health care use and mortality (see Miilunpalo et al., 1997). However, cross-country differences in perceived health status may be difficult to interpret. This is because survey questions may differ slightly, and cultural factors can affect responses.
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