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 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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Slowdown in health spending in Europe has affected all spending categories,
particularly pharmaceuticals and prevention

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The economic crisis had a significant impact on health spending growth in many EU countries, resulting in substantially lower spending growth since 2009. The slowdown in health expenditure affected all health spending categories to varying degrees.

Both inpatient and outpatient care saw average spending growth decrease significantly, especially from 2010 onwards, in contrast to the high growth rates seen prior to the economic crisis. Pharmaceutical spending has continued to shrink, on average, for the last three years from 2010 to 2012, mainly due to government price reduction policies. Many countries also took early measures to reduce or postpone spending on prevention and public health services, with a slight recovery in spending observed since 2011.

The strong increase in 2009 is due partially to the H1N1 influenza pandemic which led to significant one-off expenditures for the purchase of large stocks of vaccines in many countries. Administration was another category immediately targeted in cost-cutting efforts, although administrative cost has started to grow again in many countries in 2012.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2014,; Eurostat Statistics Database for non-OECD countries.
Published in Health at a Glance: Europe 2014 (graph 6.3.2, p.125).
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