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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Opioids use

Opioids are a narcotic pain medication that have become the cornerstone therapy for treatment of moderate to severe pain in many high-income countries. In parallel, illicit opioid use for nonmedical purposes has created illegal, increasingly commercialised global markets. Canada and the United States have experienced an opioid crisis in recent years, fuelled by growth in the consumption of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil. Problematic opioid use is also spreading in Australia and some European countries, due to growing prescription rates (see indicator on “Safe primary care – prescribing” in Chapter 6) and the development of a dynamic illegal drug supply market (OECD, 2019[1]).

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