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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Unmet need for health care

People should be able to access health services when they need to, irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances. This is a fundamental principle underpinning all health systems across the OECD. Yet a quarter of individuals aged 18 or older report unmet need (defined as forgoing or delaying care) because limited availability or affordability of services compromise access, on average across 23 OECD countries. People may also forgo care because of fear or mistrust of health service providers. Strategies to reduce unmet need, particularly for the less well-off, need to tackle both financial and non-financial barriers to access (OECD, 2019[1]).

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