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Earlier detection and better treatment for cancer would cut death rates from the disease by around a third, saving the lives of nearly a million people in the developed world every year, according to a new report by the OECD prepared with the support of the European Commission, building on earlier World Health Organisation research.
This publication surveys the policy trends in cancer care over recent years and looks at survival rates to identify why some countries are doing better than others. The work on the quality of cancer care is part of the OECD's Health Care Quality Indicator's programme.
To help inform the Conference on Managing Hospital Volumes, co-organised by the German Federal Ministry of Health and the OECD, and held on the 11th April 2013 in Berlin, the OECD Secretariat produced a paper to provide an international perspective on Germany’s situation and the current policy debate.
This project of the OECD Health Division aims to analyse the performance of mental health care systems.
Quarterly news on Health Issues from the OECD, including recent work on value in pharmaceutical pricing and on public health & gemonics, as well as recent articles and events on health from the OECD, and information on forthcoming publications such as Health at Glance 2013 and the latest publication on Cancer Care. Working papers on Managing hospital volumes, alcohol consumption and the role of fiscal policies in health promotion.
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The future of public health: policy decisions today for tomorrow’s populations. Our health, our economy, our society, our future: a Brave New World. Remarks by Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD. Brussels, Belgium, September 4th 2013.
In 2011, health spending remained flat across OECD countries after a dramatic slowdown in its growth in 2010 following 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. Consequently, policy-makers and researchers seek more detailed and comparative information on health care expenditures to address key issues.
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Experience from the substantial health gains of the 20th century suggests that spending on prevention could be an important factor. Therefore, gathering data on such spending that are consistent and comparable, both over time and across countries, is potentially very useful. This paper aims to help clarify what should be included as spending on prevention under SHA 2011 to facilitate accurate comparisons.
The objective of this study is to describe how OECD Member Countries refer to value when making decisions on reimbursement and prices of new medicines.
OECD Health Statistics 2013 - Country Notes