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Health at a Glance 2019

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of health care; and the resources available for health. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across 80 indicators, with data coming from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends, including how much health spending is associated with staffing, access, quality and health outcomes. This edition also includes a special focus on patient-reported outcomes and experiences, with a thematic chapter on measuring what matters for people-centred health systems.

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Main causes of mortality

Over 10 million people died in 2017 across OECD countries, equivalent to about 800 deaths per 100 000 population (). All-cause mortality rates ranged from under 600 deaths per 100 000 in Japan to over 1 100 deaths per 100 000 in Latvia, Hungary and Lithuania (age-standardised rates). Among partner countries, mortality rates were highest in South Africa and the Russian Federation (1 940 and 1 417 per 100 000 deaths respectively).

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