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Health at a Glance 2013

OECD Indicators

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This seventh 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 health costs, health activities and health results of health systems. Key health indicators provide information on health status including suicide and life expectancy, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries. Each health 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 health data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Expenditure by disease and age

Attributing health care expenditure by disease and age is important for health policy makers in order to analyse resource allocations in the health care system. This information can also play a role in assessing the recent and possible future impact of ageing populations and changing disease patterns on spending. Furthermore, the linking of health expenditure by disease to appropriate measures of outputs (e.g. hospital discharges by disease) and outcomes (e.g. survival rates after heart attack or cancer) helps in monitoring the performance of health care systems at a disease-based level (Heijink et al., 2006).

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