Health at a Glance (Complete Edition - ISBN 9264187138)

Author: OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Source: SourceOECD Social Issues/Migration/Health, Health at a Glance (ISBN 9264187138) , pp. I-93(93)

Publisher: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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Health is essential for individuals to flourish as citizens and health systems are of growing size and importance in OECD countries. Indeed, the health system is now the largest service industry in most OECD countries. Health at a Glance tells many stories, concerning changes in health status and health systems across OECD countries covering: life expectancy, health care resources, health system activities, health care financing, and health expenditure. At the same time, it provides striking evidence of the sheer size of the variations across countries in most indicators of health system resources, activity and expenditure, as reported to the OECD. Tentative explanations for some of these variations are brought out in the commentaries. Nevertheless, many remain unexplained. To what extent do the remaining variations provide evidence of real differences in the funding and productivity of health systems across OECD countries? To what extent do they indicate the need for further work to harmonise the collection of international health data? This book poses questions and challenges to all health policy experts, managers and statisticians. This book presents in an easily accessible, printed form some of the key indicators which are otherwise published in electronic form on a CD-ROM: OECD Health Data. It brings out variations and trends in the key indicators of health status, health care resources, health care utilisation and health expenditure, across the OECD area, making copious use of visual aids, such as bar charts and time series trends. Commentaries are included with the charts to bring out policy messages conveyed by the data. Care has been taken to indicate the preferred international definitions of the variables and major deviations from these definitions for particular countries.

Page Count: 94 Figure Count: 80 Table Count: 28

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: October 1, 2001

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