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Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2018

Measuring Progress towards Universal Health Coverage

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This fifth 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 quality of care across 27 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. It also provides a series of dashboards to compare performance across countries, and a thematic analysis on health inequalities. 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 territories. 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.

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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 territories in 2015 (), ranging from Bangladesh health spending per capita of only 88 international dollars (USD PPP) to Australia’s 4 491 international dollars (USD PPP). The average OECD current health spending per capita in 2015 was around twenty times that of the low-income countries and territories in Asia-Pacific (3 800 versus USD  PPP 193). The higher the income level of a country the higher the share of health spending per capita funded by government/compulsory sources in Asia-Pacific: 71.6% in high-income countries versus 36.8% in low and lower-middle income countries.

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