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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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Informal carers

Informal carers are the backbone of long-term care systems in all OECD countries, although there are substantial variations across countries on the relative importance of informal care giving by family members compared with the use of more formal long-term care providers. Because of the informal nature of care provided by family members, it is not easy to get comparable data on the number of informal carers across countries, nor on the amount of time that they devote to care giving. The data presented in this section come from national or international health surveys, and refer to people aged 50 years and over who report providing care and assistance to a family member for activities of daily living (ADL).

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