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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 in relation to GDP

Changes in the health spending to GDP ratio are the result of both fluctuations in the rate of health spending as well as growth in the economy as a whole. The economic crisis that began in 2008 ended a long period during which health spending had grown faster than GDP in many OECD countries. This has resulted in very different trends in the health-spending-to-GDP ratio across OECD countries.

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