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: 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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The share of direct spending by households in health financing is relatively stable, with exceptions
Share of households in current health expenditures 2005, 2009, 2013 (or nearest year)


In OECD countries, three quarters of health expenditures on average are paid by public sources, but about 20% of expenditures are paid directly by households, though this share varies greatly from one country to another.

Since 2005, the share of households in health financing has remained relatively stable in the OECD countries, with some exceptions: declines in Mexico, Chile and Turkey correspond to an increased population coverage; and increases have been observed in Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic especially since the crisis.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2015.

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