Despite remarkable progress in health status and life expectancy in OECD countries over the past decades, there remain large inequalities not only across countries, but also across population groups within each country. These inequalities in health status are linked to many factors, including differences in exposure to risk factors to health and in access to health care.
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Download this selection of key indicators from OECD Health Statistics 2017, in Excel. 2017 version updated on 30 June 2017.
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Estimates for 2016 suggest that health spending across the OECD continued to rise at a steady pace. Average growth was around 2.3% in real terms, down on pre-crisis levels but in line with average economic growth across the OECD.
Universal Health Coverage is about everyone having access to good quality health services without suffering financial hardship. Although most OECD countries offer all their citizens affordable access to a comprehensive package of health services, they face challenges in sustaining and enhancing such universal systems.
The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.
OECD Health Statistics 2017 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. All datasets were updated on 30 June 2017, except for Pharmaceutical Market and Health Care Quality Indicators, which will both be updated in November 2017.
The OECD Health Working Papers series is designed to make available to a wider readership health studies prepared for use within the OECD.
This page lists the OECD publications related to health.
Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) are commonly used to convert national currencies to a common unit. The main novel feature in the 2017 report is the collection of comparable and output-based prices for hospital services that can then be applied to matching health accounts expenditure data so as to derive consistent price and volume comparisons of health and hospital goods and services consumed.