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

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 series, 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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Share of health spending financed by basic health coverage schemes

By function of care in OECD countries, 2012


Inpatient and outpatient medical services, as well as ancillary services (imaging and lab tests) are better covered by basic health coverage schemes than other types of care. Coverage for pharmaceutical spending is typically lower, due to often-higher cost-sharing and the possibility of self-consumption. Basic health coverage schemes cover about half of spending in dental care in a handful of countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia) and three-quarter in Japan.

Note: In many OECD countries the basic health coverage is publicly provided. In Germany these estimations were not possible to produce; other countries did not provide data. Outpatient primary and specialist care data do not include dental care; transport is not included in ancillary services.

Source: Paris, V. et al. (2016), “Health care coverage in OECD countries in 2012”, OECD Health Working Papers, No. 88, OECD Publishing, Paris.

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