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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There were just under nine nurses per 1 000 population in OECD countries in 2017, ranging from about two per 1 000 in Turkey to more than 17 per 1 000 in Norway and Switzerland. Between 2000 and 2017 the number of nurses per capita grew in almost all OECD countries, and the average rose from 7.4 per 1 000 population in 2000 to 8.8 per 1 000 population in 2017. In the Slovak Republic, Israel, the United Kingdom and Ireland, however, the number of nurses per capita fell over that period ().

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