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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Waiting times for hip fracture surgery
Hip fracture surgery initiation after admission to hospital, 2003 to 2013 (or nearest years)


Note: Three-year average for Iceland.

Timely surgery can be considered an indicator of the quality of acute care received by patients with hip fracture.

Looking at the proportion of hip-fracture repairs occurring within two days of admission in OECD countries between 2003 and 2013, the OECD average has increased from 76% to 81%. The greatest improvement was observed in Italy, where the proportion increased from 28% in 2008 to 45% in 2013, and in Israel, where it increased from 70% in 2003 to 85% in 2013.

Sources: OECD Health Statistics 2015 and Health at a Glance 2015: see indicator 8.15 in Chapter 8-Quality of Care.

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