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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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Medical doctors

This section provides information on the number of doctors per capita in OECD countries, including a disaggregation by general practitioners and specialists. In 2009, there were just over three doctors per 1 000 population across OECD countries. Greece had by far the highest number of doctors per capita (6.1 per 1 000 population), followed by Austria. Chile, Turkey, Korea and Mexico had the lowest number of doctors per capita with between one and two doctors per 1 000 population. The number of doctors per capita is lower in some of the major emerging economies, with less than one doctor per 1 000 population in Indonesia, India and South Africa.

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