Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and health care quality across 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies.  

Drawing on a wide range of data sources, it builds on the format used in previous editions of Health at a Glance, and gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries and economies.

Each of the indicators is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic context in which health systems operate.


Health expenditure in relation to GDP

Health expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 was 4.5% in the Asian region. This indicator varied from 2% in Myanmar to up to 10.1% in New Zealand (). Generally, the richer a country, the more it spends on health as a percentage of GDP. The percentage of GDP allocated to health across OECD countries is – on average – twice that of the Asian countries and economies (9.5 versus 4.5).


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