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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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Long-term care expenditure

Long-term care (LTC) expenditure has risen over the past few decades in most OECD countries and is expected to rise further in the coming years due mainly to population ageing and a growing number of people requiring health and social services on an ongoing basis. LTC cuts across the domains of both health and social care. The component of LTC that is considered under the health boundary for international comparisons comprises continuous episodes of care with a dominant characteristic related to medical or personal care (i.e. support for basic activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and washing). In contrast, spending on LTC services or programmes associated with helping people with disabilities to live as independently as possible (i.e. support for residential services or help with instrumental activities of dailing living, such as preparing meals or managing personal finances) are considered outside the scope of medical or personal care and represent the social component of LTC spending.

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