Health at a Glance 2019

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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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Avoidable hospital admissions

Primary care is expected to serve as the first point contact of people with health systems, and its functions include health promotion and disease prevention, managing new health complaints, treating the majority of uncomplicated cases, managing long-term conditions and referring patients to hospital-based services when appropriate. A key aim of primary care is to keep people well by providing a consistent point of care over the longer term, treating the most common conditions, tailoring and co-ordinating care for those with multiple health care needs and supporting the patient in self-education and self-management. Good primary care has, therefore, the potential to improve health, reduce socio-economic inequalities in health and make health care systems people-centred, while making better use of health care resources (OECD, forthcoming [1]).



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