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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Survival for other major cancers

Lung cancer is the main cause of cancer death for both men and women in OECD countries (see indicator “Cancer incidence and mortality” in Chapter 3). The main risk factors for lung cancer are smoking; passive smoking; exposure to radon and/or certain chemicals and substances such as arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, coal and coke fumes, silica and nickel; air pollution; and a family history of lung cancer. Following the declining trend of smoking in recent decades (see indicator “Smoking among adults” in Chapter 4), incidence rates of lung cancer have declined across OECD countries. However, together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and alcohol-related deaths, lung cancer continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries.



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