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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Pharmaceutical expenditure

Pharmaceuticals play a vital role in the health system. Policymakers need to balance access for new medicines while providing the right incentives to industry and acknowledging that health care budgets are limited. After inpatient and outpatient care, pharmaceuticals represent the third largest expenditure item of health care spending; accounting for more than a sixth (16%) of health expenditure on average across OECD countries in 2015 (not taking into account spending on pharmaceuticals in hospitals).

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