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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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Out-of-pocket medical expenditure

Financial protection through compulsory or voluntary health coverage can substantially reduce the amount that people need to pay directly for medical care. Yet in some countries the burden of out-of-pocket spending can still create barriers to health care access and use: households that face difficulties paying medical bills may delay or even forgo needed health care. On average across OECD countries, a fifth of all spending on health care comes directly from patients (see indicator “Financing of health care”).

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