Many European countries saw further reductions in health spending in 2013, according to OECD Health Statistics 2015. Health spending continued to shrink in Greece, Italy and Portugal in 2013. Most countries in the European Union reported real per capita health spending below the levels of 2009. Outside of Europe, health spending has been growing at around 2.5% per year since 2010.
What's New - SLOW GROWTH in HEALTH SPENDING
In 2013, OECD saw slow growth in health spending but Europe lagged behind.
Recent trends reinforce the on-going concerns regarding the adequacy of financial resources for health care and the way that those resources are used. Consequently, policy-makers and researchers seek more detailed and comparative information on health care expenditures to address questions such as:
These and other issues, such as the effects of an ageing population, or tracking the financial burden of households, have been challenging the traditional system of health expenditure statistics.
Despite the recent slowdown in health spending, concerns about the fiscal sustainability of health systems remain large. The publication Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems: Bridging Health and Finance Perspectives provides a detailed overview of institutional frameworks for financing health care in OECD countries. It offers a comprehensive mapping of budgeting practices and governance structures in health across OECD countries.
KEY publication: A SYSTEM OF HEALTH ACCOUNTS
The OECD Manual A System of Health Accounts (SHA) provides a standard framework for producing a set of comprehensive, consistent and internationally comparable accounts to meet the needs of public and private-sector health analysts and policy-makers. The SHA manual establishes a conceptual basis of statistical reporting rules that are compatible with other economic and social statistics.
Data on HEALTH EXPENDITURE: COMPARE YOUR COUNTRY
The latest SHA data are available on OECD.Stat.
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