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Background paper for the OECD Expert workshop on improving health expenditure forecasting.
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Updated, refined and extended projections of public spending on health and long-term care for OECD countries and the BRIICS suggest a rapidly rising trend over the next 50 years.
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Detailed agenda for the meeting "Informing Policy Makers About Future Health Spending: OECD Expert Workshop on Improving Health Expenditure Forecasting Methods", which took place on 30 November 2012 in Paris.
Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.
This book presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries.
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Download the full publication, released on November 2012.
Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.
This workshop will convene leading experts from health and finance backgrounds in government, academia, and international organisations to take stock of progress in health expenditure forecasting and to discuss future directions, in light of policy needs and recent advancements in techniques, detailed data and computing power.
New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.
The Forum “Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now” will bring together leading policymakers and representatives from business and civil society to give their views on the crucial steps that governments and the private sector should undertake to achieve greater gender equality in economic opportunities.