Health policies and data

Health Statistics


The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.


Key statistical publications undertaken by the Health Division include: 

OECD Health Statistics 2015

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 34 OECD member countries. Access free data seriesdata visualisations, briefing notes, and the full list of indicators in various languages. The full information on definitions, sources and methods is also available in one single user-friendly document.

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OECD Health Care Quality Indicators

The HCQI project compares the quality of health services in different countries. Access free data on the following topics: Health Promotion, Prevention and Primary Care, Mental Health Care and Cancer Care.

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

Access the latest data and main comparative tables and charts on health expenditure.

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Health at a Glance

This series of key statistical publications provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries.
The latest issues include Health at a Glance 2015: OECD IndicatorsHealth at a Glance: Europe 2014 and Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2014. Access the PDF versions or web books for those publications, and the full data sets through StatLinks, free of charge.

In addition, the OECD analyses health system performance through policy projects.

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The number of visits to emergency departments has increased over the past decade in almost all OECD countries
Number of visits to emergency department per 100 population, 2001 (or nearest available year) and 2011 (or most recent year)


Note: Due to different definition and identification of emergency care services caution is needed when comparing OECD countries. Some countries include both ambulatory and inpatient ED visits (e.g. Australia), while other countries (e.g. Switzerland or Germany) only include inpatients ED visits (ED visits which lead to hospital admissions with a minimum of one stay and/or ED visits from patients already hospitalised). For sources and definitions by coumtry, see Table A1 and A2 in the Annex in the paper.

In 2011, the number of ED visits across OECD countries was about 31 per 100 population. The number of ED visits has increased over time in almost all OECD countries over the past decade. The number of ED visits for the 21 OECD countries for which data were available over the period increased by nearly 5.2%, from 29.3 visits per 100 population in 2001 to 30.8 visits per 100 population in 2011 (Figure 1). While the rise in the number of visits is recorded in 14 countries out of 22, the numbers of ED visits has decreased in Chile, Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ireland.

Emergency department visits are more frequent in the very young and the very old, while injury diagnoses constitute one of the most common reasons for visiting hospital emergency departments.

Source: Berchet, C. (2015), “Emergency Care Services: Trends, Drivers and Interventions to Manage the Demand”, OECD Health Working Papers, No. 83, OECD Publishing, Paris.

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