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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Pharmaceutical consumption

The consumption of pharmaceuticals is increasing across OECD countries, not only in terms of expenditure (see Indicator 7.4 “Pharmaceutical expenditure”), but also the volume or quantity of drugs consumed. One of the factors contributing to this rise is a growing demand for drugs to treat ageing-related diseases. However, the rise in pharmaceutical consumption is also observed in countries with younger populations, indicating that other factors, such as physicians’ prescription habits, also play a role.

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