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The OECD Health Technical Papers series is designed to make available to a wider readership methodological studies and statistical analysis on measuring and assessing health care and health expenditure.
The OECD has launched a project on variations in medical practice, as reducing unwarranted variations in medical practice may contribute to increasing quality, efficiency and equity in health care delivery.
This page lists the OECD publications related to health.
Mental disorders represent a considerable disease burden, and have a significant impact on the lives of the OECD population, and account for considerable direct and indirect costs. This report argues that even in those OECD countries with a long history of deinstitutionalisation, there is still a long way to go to make community-based mental health care that achieves good outcomes for people with severe mental illness a reality.
Mental disorders account for one of the largest and fastest growing categories of the burden of disease with which health systems must cope, often accounting for a greater burden than cardiovascular disease and cancer.
In 2012, health spending starts to rise but remains weak in Europe, after the dramatic slowdown in growth in 2010 as a result of the economic crisis. Recent trends reinforce the on-going concerns regarding the adequacy of financial resources for health care and the way that those resources are used.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2014, June 2014 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
Latest OECD Health Division Newsletter, focusing on health expenditure, obesity, reviews of Health Care Quality, the new website for Health Systems Characteristics, global co-operation to address Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, and upcoming publications.
The USA has exceptional levels of health-care expenditure, but growth slowed dramatically in recent years, amidst major efforts to close the coverage gap with other OECD countries.
Health spending has started to rise again after stagnating or even falling in many OECD countries during the crisis. But the pace of growth remains well below pre-crisis rates, especially in Europe, according to OECD Health Statistics 2014.