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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Infant health

Inadequate living conditions, extreme poverty and socioeconomic factors affect the health of mothers and newborns. However, effective health systems can greatly limit the number of infant deaths, particularly by addressing life-threatening issues during the neonatal period. Around two-thirds of deaths during the first year of life occur before an infant reaches 28 days (neonatal mortality), primarily from congenital anomalies, prematurity and other conditions arising during pregnancy. For deaths beyond these first critical weeks (post-neonatal mortality), there tends to be a greater range of causes – the most common being Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), birth defects, infections and accidents.

English Also available in: French


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