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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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Health expenditure in relation to GDP

The change in how much a country spends on healthcare in relation to spending on all the other goods and services in the economy can depend on both fluctuations in the rate of health spending itself as well as growth in the economy as a whole. The 2000s were characterised by a period of health spending growth above that of the overall economy so that health expenditure as a share of GDP rose sharply in many OECD countries. However, the economic crisis that took hold in 2008 resulted in an initial rise followed by a reduction in the health spending to GDP ratio across many OECD countries.

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