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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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Health expenditure by function

Spending on inpatient care and outpatient care combined accounts for a large proportion of health expenditure across OECD countries – around 62% of current health expenditure on average in 2011 (). A further 20% of health spending was allocated to medical goods (mainly pharmaceuticals, which accounted for 17% of total health spending), 12% on long-term care and the remaining 6% on collective services, such as public health and prevention services and administration.

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