Health policies and data

Health Update, May 2011


Health Update

May 2011
News about OECD work on health


Just Published: Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care

As life expectancy continues to increase, how can we finance the care needed for senior citizens to live to the full? As people increasingly head to the cities for work, will family and friends be available to care for us? Should we pay care-workers better to keep them? Can we cut costs by making long-term care services more efficient?... The new publication will try to answer these and many other questions. Read more

Mental health

Mental disorders account for one of the largest and fastest growing categories of the burden of disease with which health systems must cope, accounting for a significant share of health spending, particularly public health spending. Furthermore, many mild to moderate mental disorders are under-diagnosed and often untreated. The OECD Mental Health project, underway this year, aims to measure the performance of the mental health system and stimulate cross-country learning and sharing of best practices. Read more

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

The OECD Health Division is actively involved in a global campaign to tackle NCDs and their key underlying risk factors. The team is making substantive contributions to a United Nations High–Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases on 19-20 September 2011. Read more

Upcoming event: Looking Forward at 50

A special conference “Meeting the challenge of ageing and multiple morbidities” will be held in June to celebrate the OECD’s 50th anniversary this year. The focus will be improvements in health systems over the last 50 years and the challenges facing policy makers from an aging population, and the need for enhanced coordination of patients with co-occurring chronic illnesses. Read more

Access our data

OECD Health Data 2011 will be released at the end of June, for the first time in OECD.Stat, the statistics portal for all OECD databases. More information will be available at (French version: closer to the time of release.

To access available OECD health statistics, go to

Other news

Governments must invest in water and sanitation: the OECD held a conference to celebrate World Water Day, on 22 March 2011.

Japan nuclear crisis and its health impacts: get the latest from the Nuclear Energy Agency.


Just released

Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care. More information

Public Sector Spending Efficiency on Health in Estonia: OECD Economic Survey. More information

Benefits of Investing in Water and Sanitation: An OECD Perspective. More information

Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2010. More information

Working Paper n°. 56 on Description of Alternative Approaches to Measure and Place a Value on Hospital Products in Seven OECD Countries: Access Health Working Papers.

Working Paper n°. 117 on What Drives Inflows Into Disability? Evidence from Three OECD Countries: Access Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers.

Coming soon

40th Anniversary of the Chemical Safety Programme at the OECD: Special event on 15 June

Meeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities, Conference on 22 June

Working Paper on The Impact of Pay Increases on Nurses’ Labour Market: A Review Of Evidence from Four OECD Countries

Working Paper on Medical Tourism: Treatments, Markets and Health System Implications.

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