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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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Main causes of mortality

Over 10 million people died in 2015 across OECD countries, which equates to an average of 793 deaths per 100 000 population. Diseases of the circulatory system and cancer are the two leading causes of death in most countries. Across the OECD, more than one in three deaths were caused by ischaemic heart diseases, stroke or other circulatory diseases; and one in four deaths were related to cancer.

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