Government at a Glance 2017

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Government at a Glance 2017 provides the latest available data on public administrations in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation, and South Africa. This edition contains new indicators on public sector emploympent, institutions, budgeting practices and procedures, regulatory governance, risk management and communication, open government data and public sector innovation. This edition also includes for the first time a number of scorecards comparing the level of access, responsiveness and quality of services in three key areas: health care, education and justice.

Each indicator in the publication is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of graphs and/or charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological section on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. A database containing qualitative and quantitative indicators on government is available on line. It is updated twice a year as new data are released.

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Quality of health care

Every day, health care providers have to deal with an array of health problems, including infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and life-threatening diseases and injuries. Some of the most frequent and serious health problems in OECD countries are cardiovascular diseases (including heart attacks, strokes and other diseases) and different types of cancer. These are, by far, the two main causes of death in OECD countries, with all cardiovascular diseases accounting for about one-third of all deaths and all types of cancer for about one-fourth of all deaths. While the occurrence of cardiovascular problems and cancers might be reduced through greater prevention efforts (e.g., reductions in tobacco smoking), health care systems have a major role to play in the early detection of these health problems and providing effective and timely treatments when these problems are diagnosed.

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