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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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Doctors (overall number)

The number of doctors per capita varies widely across OECD countries. In 2015, Greece had the highest number with 6.3 doctors per 1 000 population, but this number is an over-estimation as it includes all doctors who are licensed to practice but may no longer be practising for various reasons. Greece was followed by Austria (5.1 doctors per 1 000 population). Turkey, Chile and Korea had the lowest number among OECD countries at around two doctors per 1 000 population. The OECD average was 3.4 doctors per 1 000 population. Among the partner countries, the number of doctors per capita is significantly lower: there was less than one doctor per 1 000 population in Indonesia, India and South Africa. In China, the number of doctors per capita is still about half the OECD average, but it has grown by 44% since 2000 ().

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