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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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Recipients of long-term care

As people age, they are more likely to develop disabilities and need support from family, friends and long-term care (LTC) services. As a result, while LTC services are delivered to younger disabled groups, the majority of LTC recipients are older people. On average across the OECD, more than half of all LTC recipients are aged over 80 and nearly four in five are aged over 65 (). Rising life expectancies mean that older people make up an increasing proportion of the populations of OECD countries. The risk of dementia (see indicator on Dementia prevalence) and other debilitating conditions increases with age, so demand for LTC services is likely to increase – although this effect may be partially offset by improving health in old age. As a result, the average proportion of the population receiving LTC in OECD countries has risen from 1.9% in 2000 to 2.3% in 2013.

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