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Health at a Glance 2011

OECD Indicators

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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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Employment in the health and social sectors

The health and social sectors employ a large and growing number of people in OECD countries. The data reported in this section come from general labour force surveys and include not only people working in the health sector but also those working in the social sector (including long-term care, child care and other types of social work). The data include professionals providing direct services to people together with administrative and other support staff.

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