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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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Self-reported health and disability at age 65

Most OECD countries conduct regular health surveys which allow respondents to report on different aspects of their health. A question that is often found among such surveys is usually similar to: How is your health in general?. Although these questions are subjective, indicators of perceived general health have been found to be a good predictor of people’s future health care use and mortality (DeSalvo, 2005; Bond et al., 2006). However, cross-country differences in perceived health status may be difficult to interpret as survey questions may differ slightly, and cultural factors can affect responses.

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