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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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Perceived health status

Most OECD countries conduct regular health surveys which allow respondents to report on different aspects of their health. A commonly asked question is of the type: “How is your health in general?”. Despite the subjective nature of this question, indicators of perceived general health are a good predictor of people’s future health care use and mortality (Palladino et al., 2016).

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