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OECD Health Statistics 2014

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 34 OECD member countries. Access free data seriesdata visualisations, briefing notes, 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

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

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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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The number of doctors continued to increase following the economic crisis, but at a slower rate in some countries
Evolution in the number of doctors, selected EU countries, 2000 to 2012 (or nearest year)

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1. Data refer to doctors licensed to practice.

In most European countries, the absolute number of doctors has increased both before and after the 2008-09 economic crisis, although the number has stabilised in some countries hard hit by the recession such as Greece. In the United Kingdom, there were over 10% more employed doctors in 2012 compared with 2008 (Figure 3.1.2). Looking at the entire period from 2000 to 2012, there were 50% more doctors in the United Kingdom in 2012 compared with 2000. In the Netherlands also, the number of doctor has increased steadily since 2000, and there were over one-third more doctors in 2011 (latest year available) compared with 2000. In Germany, the number of doctors has increased slightly more rapidly since 2008 than between 2000 and 2008; overall, there were about 20% more doctors in 2012 compared with 2000.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/health-data-en; Eurostat Statistics Database.
Published in Health at a Glance: Europe 2014.
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