The OECD has released "Geographic Variations in Health Care: What Do We Know and What Can Be Done to Improve Health System Performance?", a final output to the project on variations in medical practice. This report helps policy makers better understand the issues and challenges around geographic variations in health care provision and considers the policy options.
Explaining hospital (or more broadly health care) expenditure in terms of volumes and prices requires expenditure data to be converted using a common currency. Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) are commonly used to convert national currencies to a common unit.
The OECD Health Division examines challenges affecting LTC systems and services, focusing particularly on the elderly population. This page will provide you with all information on ongoing and past work on LTC - that is, care for people needing support in many facets of living over a prolonged period of time.
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.
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.
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.
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.