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Health at a Glance 2015

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). Compared with the previous edition, this new edition includes a new set of dashboards of health indicators to summarise in a clear and user-friendly way the relative strengths and weaknesses of OECD countries on different key indicators of health and health system performance, and also a special focus on the pharmaceutical sector. This edition also contains new indicators on health workforce migration and on the quality of health care.

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Diabetes care

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body’s ability to regulate excessive glucose levels in the blood is lost. Across the OECD countries, diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputation. Globally it is estimated that over 380 million people had diabetes in 2014 and by 2035 it is projected that close to 600 million people will have the condition. Diabetes caused close to 5 million deaths in 2014 (IDF, 2014). Many countries have established comprehensive approaches to diabetes care, but there are indications that more can be done to prevent the disease (OECD, 2014). Cholesterol-lowering drugs and medications to reduce blood pressure are recommended in most national guidelines for the care of diabetes patients (see indicator Prescribing in primary care in )

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