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OECD has released data on health spending by disease, age and gender - the first time that such consistent international estimates have been made available. These data are important because they can support policy makers in decisions about resource allocation. This policy brief presents the main findings using data from a group of 12 OECD countries over the period from 2003 to 2011.
Medical tourism is apparently growing rapidly and yet there is little data on the extent of the provision of health care services across borders. This OECD paper identifies the key emerging policy issues relating to the rise in this new market.
An elderly man with cardiovascular disease tests his own blood pressure, and sends the results to an online application that his doctor can access. Another patient with depression living in a rural area far from health services tells a psychiatrist how he is feeling via a video connection. All of this occurs without the patients leaving their homes.
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Public health spending in Greece fell by a third in real-terms between 2009 and 2013, with severe cuts across the board and changes to entitlement, benefits and user charges.
Latvia has undergone major economic and social change since the early 1990s. Despite an exceptionally deep recession following the global financial crisis, impressive economic growth over the past two decades has narrowed income and productivity gaps relative to comparator countries in the OECD. But Latvians report low degrees of life satisfaction, very large numbers of Latvians have left the country, and growth has not been inclusive. A volatile economy and very large income disparities create pressing needs for more effective social and labour-market policies. The government’s reform programme rightly acknowledges inequality as a key challenge. However, without sustained policy efforts and adequate resources, there is a risk that productivity and income growth could remain below potential and social cohesion could be further weakened by high or rising inequality.
Thank you for today’s inspiring and productive conversation. Many important points have been raised that will be very helpful in guiding the future work of the Commission. Three key messages have emerged.
Our discussions today can help us identify clear, bold and actionable policies for better health workforce strategies. The OECD is delighted to join WHO and ILO in coordinating the work of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. We stand ready to share our knowledge, tools, data and experience to ensure its success.
Launch and first meeting of the Commission, Lyon, France. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France and, H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.
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.
Le nombre de médecins et de personnels infirmiers atteint des niveaux record dans l’OCDE. Il serait désormais souhaitable que les pays réforment leurs stratégies de formation et d’emploi afin de mieux répondre à l’évolution des besoins de la population en matière de santé et de réduire le recours aux professionnels de santé de pays en développement formés à l’étranger.