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  • 31-May-2012

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    OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012

    This review examines some of the possible reasons for poor population health in Russia and explores possible impediments to further improvements.  In doing so it examines the current health system against the background of the reforms put in place in the 1990s and recent policy efforts to correct some of the most important difficulties.  It also identifies some of the strengths and weaknesses of existing arrangements.
  • 24-April-2012

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    Health: the high cost of diabetes

    Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

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  • 5-April-2012

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    The diabetes epidemic and its impact on Europe

    Background document to the European Diabetes Leadership Forum (EDLF) in Copenhagen, 25-26 April 2012.

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  • 21-March-2012

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    OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Korea 2012 - Raising Standards

    At a time when ever more information is available about the quality of health care, the challenge for policy makers is to better understand the policies and approaches that sit behind the numbers. Korea is the first country report in a new OECD series evaluating the quality of health care across OECD countries – whether care is safe, effective and responsive to patients’ needs. OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality examine what works and what does not work, both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve quality of health care. This series of individual country reviews will be followed by a final summary report on the lessons learnt for good policy practices.

  • 27-February-2012

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    European Diabetes Leadership Forum (EDLF), Copenhagen, 25-26 April 2012

    The European Diabetes Leadership Forum (EDLF), to be held in Copenhagen on 25-26 April 2012, is hosted by the OECD and the Danish Diabetes Association.

  • 21-February-2012

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    Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

    More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

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  • 12-December-2011

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    Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

    Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 23-November-2011

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    Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

    Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

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  • 23-November-2011

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    Chart set for Health at a Glance 2011 (PowerPoint)

    This sixth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems.

  • 10-November-2011

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    Health Reform - Meeting the Challenge of Ageing and Multiple Morbidities

    When the OECD was founded in 1961, health systems were gearing themselves up to deliver acute care interventions. Sick people were to be cured in hospitals, then sent on their way again. Medical training was focused on hospitals; innovation was to develop new interventions; payment systems were centred around single episodes of care.  Health systems have delivered big improvements in health since then, but they can be slow to adapt to new challenges. In particular, these days, the overwhelming burden of disease is chronic, for which ‘cure’ is out of our reach. Health policies have changed to some extent in response, though perhaps not enough.  But the challenge of the future is that the typical recipient of health care will be aged and will have multiple morbidities.  This book examines how  payment systems, innovation policies and human resource policies need to be modernised so that OECD health systems will continue to generate improved health outcomes in the future at a sustainable cost.
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