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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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Projections of health expenditure

Health expenditure has outpaced economic growth across OECD countries over most of the past half century. This additional spending has contributed to improvements in health outcomes and been an important source of economic growth and jobs. Nevertheless, financial sustainability is becoming an increasing concern, as most countries draw their funding largely from public sources (OECD, 2015[1]). Projections of health expenditure growth can give countries a perspective regarding how quickly, and by how much, health expenditure could rise compared to general economic growth, or with respect to a country’s population (Lorenzoni et al., 2019[2]).

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