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Learn about the latest interviews, articles and media interventions from the OECD Health Division.

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  • Francesca Colombo, Head of the OECD Health Division, was interviewed by PressTV on November 5, 2015: "OECD calls for improvements to French healthcare"


  • Better Science, Better Health: New Healthcare Models - An International Gathering of the World’s Thought Leaders in New Healthcare Models. Washington DC, October 28, 2015.
    Join the conference via live streaming. Watch Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, speak in the session on "Real World Evidence: Moving Beyond the Hype"


  • Francesca Colombo attended the 2014 Convention on Health Analysis and Management (CHAM) and talked about "Maladies chroniques : De l'hôpital aux soins primaires" (video available in French):


  • Valérie Paris was invited by the Inter-American Development Bank to do a webinar on Health Benefit Plans in OECD Countries, on May 15, 2014 (in Spanish: Planes de Beneficios de Salud en países de la OCDE). Read her presentation and watch the webinar.
  • Mark Pearson gave a presentation on "How evidence is used in policy making from an OECD perspective" at the Health Workforce Australia Conference in Adelaide (November 18-20, 2013). Watch the video of the presentation.

  • Franco Sassi attended a hearing at the Italian Senate, as part of an inquiry on the sustainability of the Italian health care system, run by the standing Committee on Health Care (December 5, 2013).
  • Interventions from Valérie Paris during the Forum Economie Santé 2013, Paris, organised by Les Échos (November 19-20, 2013):
    • Download the podcast: "Comment les pays développés font-ils évoluer leur système de santé face à une économie sinistrée?"
    • Watch the video: Interview with Valérie Paris, health policy analyst at the OECD (in French)


PBS NewsHour and the OECD have teamed to launch an online series to explore how health care and health policy in OECD's 34 member countries compare with the United States. Articles dealing with pharmaceuticals, obesity, older people, mental health and causes of mortality have been published so far, along with detailed data visualisations for some of them. 



Ms Yuki Murakami received the “Symbols of Tomorrow” award in October 2013 from “Ashitano Shocho”, which gives recognition to the work of professionals and researchers in the area of medical care, health and life sciences in Japan. Seven people including her were selected for this year.
Ms Murakami received the award for her work in global health, in particular in the health financing area with the aim to support health system strengthening and universal coverage using the experience of OECD countries. The project has been financially supported by the Japanese government.
Recent collaboration has strengthened co-operation between OECD and Japan in the area of global health at the time of the 50th anniversary of Japan’s accession to the OECD and their recent commitment towards the promotion of universal health coverage.

  • Read the Asahi Shimbun article (30 October 2013) 


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