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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 and social care workforce

In OECD countries, health and social systems employ more workers now than at any other time in history. In 2017, about one in every ten jobs was found in health or social care (), which amounts to a nearly two percentage-point increase since 2000. In Nordic countries and the Netherlands, more than 15% of all jobs are in health and social work. From 2000 to 2017 the share of health and social care workers remained steady or increased in all countries except the Slovak Republic (where it decreased in the 2000s and has remained stable since 2010). In some countries, notably Japan, Ireland and Luxembourg, the share of health and social care workers increased considerably.

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