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  • 22-November-2017

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    OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Costa Rica 2017

    This report puts forward policy recommendations for strengthening the performance and sustainability of the health care system in Costa Rica. There is much to praise in Costa Rica’s health care system: institutional stability; a closely integrated but well-differentiated provider arm, with strong primary care; a degree of inter-sectoral co-ordination that serves as a model of good practice; detailed and effective dialogue between users and health service managers; and, innovation around professional roles and the use of ICT that other health systems could learn from. All this leads to health outcomes on a par with several OECD economies. Nevertheless, serious strains are evident: spending is rising steeply, fuelled by salaries, fees and facility payments based on last year’s outlay. These spending increases are not always associated with improvement in services: waiting lists are excessively long and growing. The system is perhaps too stable: institutional rigidity and vested interests have stalled vital reforms, meaning that Costa Rica still lacks systematic application of DRGs and health technology assessment, despite attempts to bring them in.
  • 20-November-2017

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    G7 Health Ministerial meetings

    The OECD is actively involved in the G7 Health Ministers meetings. This page reviews the issues discussed as well as the reports prepared by the OECD to inform those meetings.

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  • 15-November-2017

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    Long-term Care

    With populations in OECD countries ageing, more people are living with long-term care needs. The OECD Health Division has an ongoing programme of work to support countries in developing long-term care systems that can meet the needs of their populations now and in the future.

  • 15-November-2017

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    Data for Measuring Health Care Quality and Outcomes

    The objective of the HCQI Project is to develop a set of indicators based on comparable data and which can be used to raise questions for further investigation on quality differences across countries.

  • 10-November-2017

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    OECD Health Statistics 2017

    OECD Health Statistics 2017 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. All datasets have been updated on 10 November 2017, including the datasets for Pharmaceutical Market and Health Care Quality Indicators.

  • 10-November-2017

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    Health at a Glance 2017 - OECD Indicators

    This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.
  • 10-November-2017

    English, Excel, 3,950kb

    OECD Health Statistics 2017: Frequently Requested Data (Excel file)

    Download this selection of key indicators from OECD Health Statistics 2017, in Excel. 2017 version updated on 10 November 2017.

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  • 6-November-2017

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    Healthy people, healthy planet

    This document, produced to inform the 2017 meeting of the G7 Ministers of Health, provides a broad overview of the main policy issues and some of the policy actions that G7 Health authorities can put in place to improve population health, while at the same time decreasing the human footprint on the environment.

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  • 25-October-2017

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    Public Health Reviews

    This new series of OECD Reviews of Public Health provide in-depth analysis and policy recommendations to strengthen priority areas of countries’ public health systems, highlighting best practice examples that allow learning from shared experiences, and the spreading of innovative approaches.

  • 10-October-2017

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    Mental Health Systems in OECD Countries

    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.

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