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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Mortality from cancer

Cancer accounts for over one-fourth of all deaths in OECD countries and, after diseases of the circulatory system, it is the second leading cause of death. The proportion of deaths that are due to cancer has increased over time, and in countries such as Canada, Denmark, France, Japan and the Netherlands it has become the number one cause of death. This rise reflects the fact that mortality from other causes, particularly circulatory diseases, has been declining at a faster pace than the mortality rate for cancer.

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