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This publication surveys the policy trends in cancer care over recent years and looks at survival rates to identify why some countries are doing better than others. The work on the quality of cancer care is part of the OECD's Health Care Quality Indicator's programme.
OECD Health Care Quality Reviews seek to examine what works and what does not work in different countries – both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve their health system.
This paper presents new information on trends in family and child outcomes and policies over the past decades, in order to assess whether there has been any convergence over time across OECD and EU countries. Important drivers of population structure such as life expectancy and fertility rates are becoming more similar across countries as are marriage and divorce rates.
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.
New Zealand, is one of the OECD countries with large and longstanding labour migration. The report finds that by and large, the New Zealand labour migration system is functioning well. Several features of the NZ immigration system, such as the Expression of Interest system, are gradually about to become an example for selection systems elsewhere in the OECD.
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.
Italy should step up its efforts to help immigrants and their children integrate into society and learn the skills they need to improve their job prospects and earnings, according to a new OECD report.
This report presents an overview of the skills and qualifications of immigrants in Italy, their key labour market outcomes in international comparison, and their evolution over time, given the highly segmented Italian labour market and its high share of informal jobs.
In 2012, health spending starts to rise but remains weak in Europe, after the dramatic slowdown in growth in 2010 as a result of the economic crisis. Recent trends reinforce the on-going concerns regarding the adequacy of financial resources for health care and the way that those resources are used.
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.