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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2016

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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This fourth 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.

This edition is a joint OECD, WHO/WPRO and WHO/SEARO publication.

 

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Health expenditure per capita and in relation to GDP

Much variation in per capita health care spending levels can be observed in Asia-Pacific countries and economies in 2014 (), ranging from Bangladesh total health spending per capita of only 88 international dollars (USD PPP) to Australia’s 4 357 international dollars (USD PPP). The average OECD current health spending per capita in 2014 was around four times that of the Asian economies (3 618 versus 935). 61.6% of total health spending per capita is funded by government sources in Asia.

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