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Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: Policies for Better Health and Quality of Care

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This report examines how countries perform in their ability to prevent, manage and treat cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes. The last 50 years have witnessed remarkable improvements in CVD outcomes. Since 1960, overall CVD mortality rates have fallen by over 60%, but these improvements are not evenly spread across OECD countries, and the rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity are threatening to offset gains.

This report examines how OECD countries deliver the programmes and services related to CVD and diabetes. It considers how countries have used available health care resources to reduce the overall burden of CVD and diabetes, and it focuses on the variation in OECD health systems’ ability to convert health care inputs (such as expenditure) into health gains.

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Executive summary

The last 50 years have witnessed remarkable improvements in cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes. Since 1960, CVD mortality rates have fallen by over 60% whereas mortality rates for all other causes fell by 38% in OECD countries. Advances in the prevention and treatment of CVD have outpaced those of many other diseases, and these improvements have contributed to longer and healthier lives.

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