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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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Inequalities in dentist consultations

Dental caries, periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss are common problems in OECD countries. Despite improvements, problems in access persist, most commonly among disadvantaged and low income groups. In the United States, over 40% of low income persons aged 20-64 years had untreated dental caries in 2005-08, compared with only 16% of high income persons (NCHS, 2011). In Finland, onequarter of adults with lower education had six or more missing teeth, while less than 10% of those with higher education had the same amount of tooth loss (Kaikkonen, 2007).

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