Health policies and data

Sustaining universal health coverage in the future


Sustaining universal health coverage requires assessing the longer-term costs of health care and associated fiscal sustainability issues.

Forecasting health spending

Health spending has typically outpaced economic growth in most OECD countries. Despite a slowdown following the 2008 financial crisis, spending is projected to rise as a share of countries’ economies. The OECD forecasts health spending for OECD and BRIICS countries.

Fiscal sustainability of health systems

Across the OECD, health care is often mentioned as the most substantial challenge facing government budgets. Senior budget and health officials from OECD countries meet yearly to discuss policies that can contain costs without adversely affecting quality or access to care.


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