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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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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. These surveys often include a question on self-perceived health status, along the lines of: 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 future health care use and mortality (DeSalvo, 2005; Bond et al., 2006). However, cross-country differences may be difficult to interpret, as survey questions may differ slightly and cultural factors can affect responses.

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