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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 2014

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: Europe 2014Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2014 and Health at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators. 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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‌Ambulatory surgery on the rise

The development of same-day surgery is made possible by continuous improvements in anaesthetics and surgical techniques, and is seen as an important way to achieve efficiency gains in health care delivery by reducing the cost per intervention.

Cataract-surgery A cataract surgery using modern techniques should not normally require any hospitalisation, except in rare cases.
Nearly all cataract surgeries are performed on a same-day basis in many OECD countries, including in Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
In France and Italy, the share of cataract surgeries performed as day cases has increased rapidly over the past ten years and accounted for over 80% of the total in 2012, but there is still some way to go in these two countries to move closer to 100%.
Tonsillectomy Tonsillectomy – the removal of tonsils (glands at the back of the throat) – is one of the most frequent surgical procedures on children.
Although the operation is performed under general anesthesia, it is carried out mainly as a same-day surgery in many countries, including Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden.
However, in France, Italy and Spain, only between 20% to 30% of children and other people having a tonsillectomy return home the same day.

A coronary angioplasty is the most common procedure to treat patients suffering from ischaemic heart disease (obstructed arteries).
In all countries, this procedure usually involves keeping the patient at least one night in hospital, although some countries have seen a development of this procedure on a same-day basis also.
In the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the share of coronary angioplasties performed as day cases now exceeds 20%, while such procedures remain almost non-existent in France and Italy.


Source: OECD Health Statistics 2014, available in OECD.Stat.
Data for more countries are available in the dataset on Health Care Utilisation, query "Surgical procedures (shortlist)".
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