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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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Ambulatory surgery

In the past few decades, the number of surgical procedures carried out on a same-day basis has markedly increased in OECD countries. Advances in medical technologies – in particular the diffusion of less invasive surgical interventions – and better anaesthetics have made this development possible. These innovations have improved patient safety and health outcomes. Further, by shortening the treatment episode, same-day surgery can save important resources without any adverse effects on quality of care. It also frees up capacity within hospitals to focus on more complex cases or to reduce waiting lists. However, the impact of the rise in same-day surgeries on overall health spending may not be straightforward since the reduction in unit costs (compared to inpatient surgery), may be offset by overall growth in the volume of procedures performed. Any additional cost related to post-acute care and community health services following the interventions also need to be considered.

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