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Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.

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Ambulatory surgery

In the past few decades, the number of surgical procedures carried out on a same-day basis has markedly increased in OECD countries. Advances in medical technologies – in particular the diffusion of less invasive surgical interventions – and better anaesthetics have made this development possible. These innovations have improved patient safety and health outcomes, and have also, in many cases, reduced the unit cost per intervention by shortening the length of stay in hospitals. However, the impact of the rise in same-day surgeries on overall health spending may not be straightforward since the reduction in unit cost (compared to inpatient surgery), may be offset by the overall growth in the volume of procedures performed. There is also a need to take into account any additional cost related to post-acute care and community health services following the interventions.

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