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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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Geographic distribution of doctors

Access to medical care requires an adequate number and proper distribution of doctors in all parts of the country. Any shortage of doctors in certain regions can increase travel times or waiting times for patients, and result in unmet care needs. The uneven distribution of doctors is an important policy issue in most OECD countries, especially in those countries with remote and sparsely populated areas, and those with deprived urban regions which may also be underserved.

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