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The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.

OECD Health Statistics 2016

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 35 OECD member countries. Access free data series and the full list of indicators in various languages. The full information on definitions, sources and methods is also available in one single user-friendly document.

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OECD Health Care Quality Indicators

The HCQI project compares the quality of health services in different countries. Access free data on the following topics: Health Promotion, Prevention and Primary Care, Mental Health Care and Cancer Care.

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

Access the latest data and main comparative tables and charts on health expenditure.

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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 2015: OECD IndicatorsHealth at a Glance: Europe 2014 and Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2014. 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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A nine-fold difference in per capita health spending across OECD countries (from the highest to the lowest)

Health expenditure per capita, 2015
Per capita USD PPP


How much a country spends on health can be the result of a wide array of social and economic factors, as well as the financing and organisational structures of a country’s health system. At the same time, there is a strong relationship between the overall income level of a country and how much the population of that country will spend on health.

In 2015, the United States continued to outspend all other OECD countries by a wide margin, with the equivalent of USD 9 451 for each US resident. This level of health spending is two-and-a-half times the average of all OECD countries (USD 3 814) and around twice as high as in some other G7 countries including Germany, Canada and France. Countries spending less than half the OECD average include many of the central European members of the OECD, such as Hungary and Poland, together with Chile. The lowest per capita spenders on health in the OECD were Mexico and Turkey with levels of less than a third of the OECD average.

Overall, almost three-quarters of health care spending was financed through government schemes and compulsory health insurance in 2015 with the ranking by government and compulsory insurance spending similar to overall health spending. Of all the OECD member states, only in the United States does voluntary health insurance and private funding such as households’ out-of-pocket payments account for more than 50% of the total, although Mexico and Korea also have relatively high shares of private spending.

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Source: OECD Health Statistics 2016.

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