Health policies and data


  • Health at a Glance 2015 - OECD Indicators

    This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries.

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  • Graph of the Month

    Our graph of the month initiative aims to graphically represent and highlight key statistical issues related to a wide array of policy areas.

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  • Health Expenditure

    OECD provides accurate, reliable and timely data on health spending that is comparable across OECD countries and over time, and analyses the factors behind the trends

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We help countries achieve high-performing health systems by measuring health outcomes and health system resource use as well as by analysing policies that improve access, efficiency and quality of health care.

Health Workforce

We advise 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.


Antimicrobial resistance

‌Antimicrobial resistance is rapidly becoming a top health problem that could pose a significant challenge to the functioning of healthcare systems and their budget in OECD and G20 countries.


Health Care Quality

‌As health spending rises, there is pressure to ensure that resources help people live healthier lives. Most OECD countries have seen increased public interest in ensuring that patients receive care that is safe, effective, and responsive to their needs.


We look at ways to harness information technologies and big data to improve the prevention and treatment of dementia as well as the innovation model to mobilise the research and tools needed to address the disease.


Universal Health Coverage

The OECD monitors and evaluates key aspects of universal health coverage, and assesses the future sustainability of universal health systems. OECD country experiences can also offer valuable lessons for other countries seeking to attain universal health coverage. 


Health Inequalities

Most OECD countries have endorsed the reduction of inequalities in health status and the principle of equal access to health care based on need. We monitor to what extent these policy objectives are achieved and the potential benefits and costs of various policy interventions.


Health statistics

‌The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems. Our data are also highlighted through our monthly graph of the month.

Health publications

‌The OECD issues a wide array of publications based on a range of policy areas and statistics. See here for the full listing of our publications. We also have a range of in-depth health studies published as Health Working Papers.

To learn more about health work at the OECD, read our short brochure and latest newsletter.

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