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This chapter presents an overview of the main indicators and characteristics of health spending and financing across OECD countries. The discussion starts with a comparison of overall health spending in terms of per capita expenditure and in relation to other macroeconomic variables, such as GDP. Current levels of spending as well as trends over recent years are presented, taking into account the likely impact of the economic slowdown on future health spending. As well as indicators of total spending, the chapter also provides an analysis of the different types of health services and goods consumed across OECD countries, with a separate focus on pharmaceuticals as one of the main drivers of health spending growth over recent years.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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