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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OECD 50th Anniversary

Work on health at the OECD began in the early 1980s, as part of an examination of the strong growth in health expenditure in the prior decade. In the 1980s and the 1990s, this work focused largely on building a robust database that could be used for comparative analyses of health systems, beginning with comparable data on health spending. This developmental work led to the release of the first version of the OECD manual A System of Health Accounts in 2000. In the ten years since the launch of the OECD Health Project in 2001, OECD work has broadened to address some of the main challenges that policy makers face to improve the performance of their countries’ health systems (see box on next page).

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