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OECD Health Statistics 2014

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Health at a Glance

This series of key statistical publications provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. The latest issues include Health at a Glance: Europe 2014Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2014 and Health at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators. Access the PDF versions or web books for those publications, and the full data sets through StatLinks, free of charge.

In addition, the OECD analyses health system performance through policy projects.
  

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Unprecedented speed of population ageing in the Asia/Pacific region
Share of the population aged over 65 and 80 years, 2012 and 2050

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Population ageing reflects the success of health and development policies over the last few decades. The share of the population aged over 65 years in Asian countries was 7%, less than half the level in OECD countries in 2012. But it is expected to nearly quadruple in the next four decades to reach 26% in 2050, surpassing the OECD average of 25%. The growth in the share of the population aged 80 years and over will be even more dramatic. On average across Asian countries, 1% of the population were aged 80 years and over in 2012 but in 2050, the percentage is expected to increase to 6%. In Japan, the proportion is expected to more than double from 7% to 16% between 2012 and 2050, but several other countries are likely to experience faster growth.
Globally, the speed of ageing in the region will be unprecedented. Although the pressure of population ageing will depend on the health status of people as they become older, there is likely to be a greater demand for health care that meets the need of older people in the Asia/Pacific region in coming decades.

Source: OECD Historical Population Data and Projections Database 2013; UNESCAP (2014).
Published in Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014.
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