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Expenditure by disease data based on national health accounts can provide valuable information for use in policy analysis. In order to move further in this important area, it is necessary both to refine the definitions and approach that is followed, but also to demonstrate that such accounts can be developed in a cost-effective manner under the framework of the System of Health Accounts.
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This Final Report focuses on the cost of illness, a contextual review of the System of Health Accounts 2011, a summary of overall data availability, background, methodology and results of the hospital expenditure modelling, allocating pharmaceutical data by disease, and allocating ambulatory expenditure by disease.
The OECD launched a project on “Benchmarking ICTs in health systems”, a multi-stakeholder initiative to improve the availability and quality of health ICT data through the development of a robust measurement framework and comparable cross-national measures. This task was accomplished in 2013 with the publication of an OECD “Guide to Measuring ICTs in the Health Sector”.
Improving primary care systems and co-ordination between health services would help Norway meet the changing needs of its healthcare system, as the population ages and hospital stays become shorter, according to a new OECD report.
The majority of the population, and one in five children, are overweight or obese in the OECD area. A nearly tenfold variation in rates of obesity and overweight is observed across OECD countries. This Policy Brief series presents an update of analyses of trends and social disparities in obesity, using the latest data available.
Well-trained, well distributed and productive health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high quality and cost-effective health care in OECD countries. Current projects analyse different aspects of health workforce policy, including improving health workforce planning, dealing with geographic imbalances, and whether health workers put their skills to effective use in their jobs.
Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report.
Dementia is a devastating condition for the people affected, their family and friends, and for health systems. Through its global reach and ability to bring together government and non-government perspectives, OECD is in a unique position to face up to the challenge.
A quarterly update on Health news and work from the OECD, including the recent publications Health at a Glance 2013 and Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival, as well as recent articles and events that the OECD Health Division contributes to, including the Health Workforce Conference (Australia) the Global Health Workforce Alliance (Brazil) and the upcoming G8 Dementia Summit (London).
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Access key charts in this Health at a Glance 2013 Chart set presentation