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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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Unmet needs for health care due to cost

Access to health care may be prevented for a number of reasons. These can be due to the functioning of the health care system (such as the cost of health care, distance to the closest health care facility, or waiting lists) or to personal reasons (including fear of not being understood by the doctor or not having the time to seek care). People who forgo health care when they need it may jeopardise their health status.

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