Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014
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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

This third edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and health care quality across 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies. Drawing on a wide range of data sources, it builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance, and gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries and economies.

Each of the indicators 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 context in which health systems operate. It is a joint OECD and WHO/WPRO and WHO/SEARO publication.

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Population ageing is characterised by a rise in the share of the older people resulting from longer life expectancy (see Life expectancy at birth) and declining fertility rates (OECD, 2011b; UN ESCAP, 2013). In Asian countries, since 1990, life expectancy has increased by about seven years and fertility has decreased from 3.4 children per woman of reproductive age, to slightly below the population replacement level of 2.1. This has been mainly due to better access to reproductive health care, primarily a wider use of contraceptives (see Reproductive health). Population ageing reflects the success of health and development policies over the last few decades.

 
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