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.

English Also available in: French, Korean

Informal carers

Family carers are the backbone of long-term care systems in all OECD countries, although there are substantial variations across countries in the relative importance of informal caregiving by family members compared with the use of more formal long-term care providers. Because of the informal nature of care provided by family members, it is not easy to get comparable data on the number of family carers across countries, nor on the frequency of their c-aregiving. The data presented in this section come from national or international health surveys, and refer to people aged 50 years and over who report providing care and assistance to family members and friends.

English Also available in: French


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