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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Sources of health care financing

In all OECD countries, the various schemes that pay for the health care goods and services rely on a mix of different sources of revenues. Government schemes, for example, typically receive budget allocations out of the overall government revenues (e.g. from income and corporate taxation, value-added tax, etc.). Social health insurance is usually financed out of social contributions payable by employees and employers. However, these schemes may also receive a varying proportion of their revenues from governmental transfers. The main sources of revenue for private health insurance are either compulsory or voluntary prepayments, which typically take the form of regular premium payments as part of an insurance contract. Out-of-pocket payments are exclusively financed from households’ own revenues. Some health financing schemes (e.g. non-profit or enterprise schemes) may also receive donations or additional income from investments or rental. Resident financing schemes can also receive transfers from abroad as part of bilateral co-operations with foreign governments or other development partners. However, these transfers play no role in the vast majority of OECD countries.

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