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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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Health expenditure in relation to GDP

The ratio of spending on health care goods and services compared to total spending in the economy can vary over time due to differences in the growth of health spending compared to overall economic growth. During the 1990s and early 2000s, health spending in OECD countries was generally growing at a faster pace than the rest of the economy, leading to an almost continual rise in the health expenditure to GDP ratio. After a period of volatility during the economic crisis, the average share has remained relatively stable in recent years, as growth in health spending across the OECD has broadly matched overall economic growth.

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