The OECD advises countries on how to meet future demand for health professionals and how to manage the supply of health workers, by reviewing policies related to education and training, continuous professional development, geographic distribution and immigration.
The OECD also assesses changes in the scope of practice of health care providers, and the impact that these changes might have on access, quality and efficiency in health service delivery.
Key information on health workforce
Health workers are the cornerstone of health systems, playing a central role in providing health services to the population and improving health outcomes. The demand and supply of health workers have increased over time in all OECD countries, with jobs in the health and social sector accounting for more than 10% of total employment now in several OECD countries. This publication reviews key trends and policy priorities on health workforce across OECD countries, with a particular focus on doctors and nurses given the preeminent role that they have traditionally played in health service delivery.
HEALTH WORKFORCE PUBLICATIONS
Data on Health Workforce
Health at a Glance 2017 - OECD Indicators
Health workforce chapter in Health at a Glance 2017 - OECD Indicators:
Health at a Glance - Europe 2018
Health workforce data in Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 - State of Health in the EU Cycle:
Health at a Glance - Asia/Pacific 2016
Health workforce data in Health at a Glance - Asia/Pacific 2016:
For more data on health workforce, go to the dataset on Health Care Resources in OECD.Stat.
WORKING FOR HEALTH
Working for Health is a joint programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a strategic, intersectoral, multi-stakeholder programme that leverages the convening power and mandates of the United Nations and the OECD, its rights-based approaches and standards, and the expertise, resources and support from its diverse constituents and partners to expand and transform the health and social workforce.
May 2018 - OECD, in partnership with ILO and WHO, establishes UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund to drive forward recommendations from the Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth
The three organisations signed a memorandum of understanding on 23 May 2018 to establish a United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). The fund enables partners to pool resources and drive implementation of the action plan.Read more
September 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth: Final report and recommendations presented at the margins of the UN General Assembly
In March 2016, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially established a High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. The Commission was co-chaired by Mr François Hollande, President of France, and Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, and co-vice-chaired by Dr. Margaret Chan (WHO), Mr. Guy Ryder (ILO) and Mr. Angel Gurría (OECD).
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