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Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.
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This report was prepared to help Korea identify and address main social policy challenges. It suggests specific policy options and a strategy to “go social”, based on the practices and reforms that have worked well in other countries.
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Background papers and speaker information for the OECD 50th Anniversary Conference on Health Reform: the challenge of ageing and multiple morbidities
Mr. Gurría underlined the importance of tackling the challenges of unemployment and inequality. He said: “we need a more inclusive and greener model of growth based on sound institutions… And we must focus even more in our relations with social partners to reach such joint goals”.
"By signing this Memorandum, our organisations commit to deliver a multidimensional and coherent policy advice, to promote the cross-pollination of our assessments, ideas and solutions to ensure better jobs for better lives", said OECD Secretary-General.
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Download the tables and figures from the OECD publication Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care
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Policy brief of the OECD publication Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care.
This OECD publication examines the provision and financing of long-term care and offers predictions and advice for future.
“Rising inequality is not an inevitable trend. Better labour market and social policies for both men and women are key to tackling this serious threat,” said Mr. Gurría at the OECD’s Social Policy Ministerial meeting, chaired by Ms. von der Leyen, Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.