Health policies and data

Health at a Glance 2013



ISBN 978-92-64-205024
210 pages, 
6 tables
200 graphs

Released 21/11/2013



This seventh edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries. Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability. 

This publication takes as its main basis OECD Health Statistics 2013, the most comprehensive set of statistics and indicators for comparing health systems across the 34 OECD member countries.

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Press release

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Australia Australia in English
France France  in French
Germany Germany in English
in German
Ireland Ireland in English
Italy Italy in English
in Italian
Japan Japan in English
in Japanese
Mexico Mexico in English
in Spanish
United-Kingdom United Kingdom in English
United-States USA in English

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Multilingual Summaries


Table of contents

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Executive summary
Reader’s guide

Chapter 1. Health Status

  • Life expectancy at birth
  • Life expectancy by sex and education level
  • Mortality from cardiovascular diseases
  • Mortality from cancer
  • Mortality from transport accidents
  • Suicide
  • Infant mortality
  • Infant health: low birth weight
  • Perceived health status
  • Diabetes prevalence and incidence

Chapter 2. Non-Medical Determinants of Health

  • Smoking and alcohol consumption among children
  • Overweight and obesity among children
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption among children
  • Physical activity among children
  • Tobacco consumption among adults
  • Alcohol consumption among adults
  • Overweight and obesity among adults
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption among adults

Chapter 3. Health Workforce

  • Doctors (overall number)
  • Doctors by age, sex and category
  • Gynaecologists and obstetricians, and midwives
  • Psychiatrists and mental health nurses
  • Medical graduates
  • Remuneration of doctors (general practitioners and specialists)
  • Nurses
  • Nursing graduates
  • Remuneration of nurses

Chapter 4. Health Care Activities

  • Consultations with doctors
  • Medical technologies
  • Hospital beds
  • Hospital discharges
  • Average length of stay in hospitals
  • Cardiac procedures
  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Caesarean sections
  • Cataract surgeries
  • Pharmaceutical consumption
  • Pharmaceutical generic market share

Chapter 5. Quality of Care

  • Avoidable hospital admissions
  • Prescribing in primary care
  • Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
  • Mortality following stroke
  • Surgical complications
  • Obstetric trauma
  • Unplanned hospital re-admissions for patients with mental disorders
  • Excess mortality from mental disorders
  • Screening, survival and mortality for cervical cancer
  • Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer
  • Survival and mortality for colorectal cancer
  • Childhood vaccination programmes
  • Influenza vaccination for older people
  • Patient experience with ambulatory care

Chapter 6. Access to Care

  • Coverage for health care
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenditure
  • Geographic distribution of doctors
  • Inequalities in doctor consultations
  • Inequalities in dentist consultations
  • Inequalities in cancer screening
  • Waiting times for elective surgery

Chapter 7. Health Expenditure and Financing

  • Health expenditure per capita
  • Health expenditure in relation to GDP
  • Health expenditure by function
  • Pharmaceutical expenditure
  • Expenditure by disease and age
  • Financing of health care
  • Trade in health services

Chapter 8. Ageing and Long-term Care

  • Demographic trends
  • Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at age 65
  • Self-reported health and disability at age 65
  • Dementia prevalence
  • Recipients of long-term care
  • Informal carers
  • Long-term care workers
  • Long-term care beds in institutions and hospitals
  • Long-term care expenditure 

Annex A. Additional information on demographic and economic context, and health expenditure and financing

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