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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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Safe long-term care

As populations across OECD countries continue to age, an increasing number of people will require support from long-term care (LTC) services, including nursing homes and LTC living facilities (see indicator on “Recipients of long-term care”). Providing safe care for these patients is a key challenge for OECD health systems, as residents of LTC facilities are more frail and sicker, and present a number of other risk factors for the development of patient safety events, including healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and pressure ulcers (OECD/European Commission, 2013[1]).

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