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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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Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Mortality due to coronary heart disease has declined substantially since the 1970s (see indicator “Mortality from circulatory diseases” in Chapter 3). Important advances in both prevention policies, such as for smoking (see indicator “Smoking among adults” in Chapter 4), and treatment of cardiovascular diseases have contributed to these declines (OECD, 2015[1]). A good indicator of acute care quality is the 30-day AMI case-fatality rate. The measure reflects the processes of care, including timely transport of patients and effective medical interventions.

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