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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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Long-term care spending and unit costs

Compared to other areas of health care, spending on long-term care (LTC) has seen the highest growth in recent years (see indicator on “Health expenditure by function” in Chapter 7). Population ageing leads to more people needing ongoing health and social care; rising incomes increase expectations on the quality of life in old age; the supply of informal care is potentially shrinking; and productivity gains are difficult to achieve in such a labour-intensive sector. All these factors create upward cost pressures, and substantial further increases in LTC spending in OECD countries are projected for the coming years.

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