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

Inequities in access to essential services

Persistent and growing inequities in health are increasingly evident, both between and within countries. Inequities in access to essential health services result in a poorer health status of underserved populations and increase health inequities. Inequities in health outcomes are observed for children (see Infant mortality and Under-5 mortality) and access to family planning and skilled birth attendants is unequal (see Reproductive health and  Pregnancy and birth). Inequities also exist in access to health services during and after pregnancies, prevention and also treatment in several countries in the Asia/Pacific region, but degrees of disparities are different by types of services.



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