Health policies and data

Key findings from OECD’s Health at a Glance 2015: London launch event


How does the UK health system compare with other OECD countries in terms of cost, access and quality?
Key findings from OECD’s Health at a Glance 2015

OECD event co-hosted by the Nuffield Trust

Central Hall Westminster, London
Wednesday 4 November 2015, 9:45 to 12:00


Mark Pearson, Deputy-Director of the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate at the OECD, will present key findings on how the UK health system compares with other OECD countries based on the latest edition of the OECD’s publication Health at a Glance 2015. His presentation will be followed by some reactions from Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive at the Nuffield Trust, and general discussions with the audience.

Nick Timmins, former public policy editor at the Financial Times and Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, will chair and moderate the discussion.





Health at a Glance provides international comparisons of health status, risk factors to health, health expenditure, access to care and quality of care. For the first time, the 2015 edition also includes a set of dashboard indicators summarising the comparative performance of OECD countries on these different dimensions of population health status and health system performance.

The NHS in England has grappled with tight budget constraints in recent years, with growing concerns that budget shortfalls might grow as the demand for health care exceeds the funding available. Against this background, Mark Pearson will discuss the most recent trends in health spending, access to care and quality of care in the United Kingdom compared with other OECD countries, addressing the following questions:

1. What have been the main characteristics of health spending growth and public and private financing over the past decade?
2. What has been the impact of the freeze (or reduction in some countries) in health spending in recent years on access to care for certain population groups?
3. What do we know about improvements in the quality of care in the United Kingdom and other OECD countries, and what are some of the key challenges to further improve health care quality and value for money spent in the years ahead?


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