The long-term care sector has not been developed much in Portugal despite its ageing population. As a result, the related spending as a share of GDP and the number of long-term care workers are among the lowest across OECD countries. The underdevelopment of long-term care sector means that the elderly spend excessively long periods in hospitals. The Portuguese health care system needs to reduce its reliance on hospital care and to
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.
In Portugal, health spending has been reduced from 10.8% of GDP in 2009 to 10.2% now. This has been achieved by rationalising spending on pharmaceuticals, promoting the use of generic drugs, moderating salaries; cutting the fees paid to hospitals, and increasing user charges, while still protecting those in most need, said OECD Secretary-General.
The mortality amenable to health care is defined as a possible indicator to measure the health care systems performance in preventing premature deaths that can be avoided by appropriate health care intervention. This paper assesses the feasibility of using this indicator in OECD countries.