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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 expenditure by type of service

How health spending is split between the various services and goods reflects a variety of factors, from disease burden and system priorities to organisational aspects and costs. Spending on inpatient and outpatient care combined accounts for the major part of health expenditure across OECD countries – almost two-thirds of health spending on average in 2015 (). A further 19% of health spending was accounted for by medical goods (mainly pharmaceuticals), while 14% went on long-term care services. The remaining 6% was spent on prevention and public health services as well as on the overall governance and administration of the health system.

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