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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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Doctors (overall number)

Across OECD countries in 2017 the number of doctors ranged from 2.5 or less per 1 000 population in Turkey, Korea, Poland, Mexico, Japan and Chile, to five or more in Portugal, Austria, and Greece. However, numbers in Portugal and Greece are over-estimated as they include all doctors licensed to practise. On average, there were 3.5 doctors per 1 000 population (). In Indonesia, India and South Africa there were significantly fewer doctors per 1 000 population – less than one – while in China the number of doctors increased rapidly from 1.25 per 1 000 population in 2000 to 2 per 1 000 population in 2017.

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