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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Care for people with mental health disorders

The burden of mental illness is substantial, affecting an estimated one in five people among the population of OECD countries at any given time, and one in two across the life course (see indicator “Mental health” in Chapter 3). The total cost of mental ill health is estimated at between 3.5% and 4% of GDP in OECD countries (OECD, 2018[1]). High-quality, timely care has the potential to improve outcomes and may help reduce suicide and excess mortality for individuals with mental disorders.



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