Government at a Glance 2015

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Government at a Glance provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance. Indicators on government revenues, expenditures, and employment are provided alongside key output and outcome data in the sectors of education, health and justice. Government at a Glance also includes indicators on key governance and public management issues, such as transparency in governance, regulatory governance, public procurement and the implementation of employment and remuneration reforms since 2009. While measuring government performance has long been recognized as playing an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the public administration, following the economic crisis and fiscal tightening in many member countries, good indicators are needed more than ever to help governments make informed decisions regarding tough choices and help restore confidence in government institutions.

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Special feature: The fiscal sustainability challenge of health systems

Health is the second largest government spending area; moreover according to recent research (OECD, 2010), in the first decade of the 21st century the growth of health spending has consistently outpaced economic growth in most OECD countries. Most governments in OECD countries are currently faced with consolidation pressures and the need to create room for additional spending without jeopardizing the sustainability of their fiscal position or the stability of the economy (fiscal space). In this context, many countries face the challenging task of financing more health expenditure while trying to meet their fiscal objectives.

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