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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Safe acute care – surgical complications and health care-associated infections

Patient safety remains one of the most pressing health issues for public education and further policy action. Over 15% of hospital expenditure and activity in OECD countries can be attributed to treating patients who experience a safety event, many of which are preventable (Slawomirski, Auraaen and Klazinga, 2018[1]). The World Health Assembly recently endorsed the establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day to further strengthen awareness and galvanise concerted action for safer care.

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