Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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This third 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. It is a joint OECD and WHO/WPRO and WHO/SEARO publication.

English Also available in: Korean

Financing of health care

shows the change in the public share of health financing between 2000 and 2012. On average, the public share of health spending has slightly increased in the Asian countries and economies, from 44.2 % in 2000 to 48.1 % in 2012. This is about the same share as in the United States, but is much lower than the average in OECD countries, where the public sector accounted for 72.7% of financing in 2012, similar to 2000. In Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Brunei Darussalam, and the Solomon Islands, public financing accounted for more than 75% of all health expenditure, while it accounted for less than one third of total health spending in India, Pakistan, Cambodia and Myanmar.



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