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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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Health and social care workforce

Employment in health and social care represents a large and growing share of the labour force in many countries across the world (UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, 2016). In the OECD, health and social work activities constituted around 10% of total employment on average in 2015 (). The employment share is particularly pronounced in the Scandinavian countries, Finland and the Netherlands, where jobs in health and social work represent 15-20% of these countries’ workforces.

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