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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Surgical complications

Patient safety remains one of the most prominent issues in health policy and public debate. Evidence suggests that over 15% of hospital expenditure and activity in OECD countries can be attributed to treating safety failures, many of which are preventable (OECD, 2017a; OECD, 2017b). In the United States an estimated USD 28 billion has been saved between 2010 and 2015 by systematically improving safety (AHRQ, 2016).

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