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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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Long-term care workers

Long-term care (LTC) is a labour-intensive service, and formal care is in many cases a necessary complement to informal, unpaid work in supporting people with LTC needs (see indicators on “Informal carers”). Formal LTC workers are defined as paid staff – typically nurses and personal carers – who provide care and/or assistance to people limited in their daily activities at home or in institutions, excluding hospitals. There are on average five LTC workers per 100 people aged 65 and over across 28 OECD countries, ranging from 13 in Norway to less than one in Greece, Poland, and Portugal ().

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