Health policies and data

Health Statistics


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


Key statistical publications undertaken by the Health Division include: 

OECD Health Statistics 2015

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

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: 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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Growth rate in income of nurses
Evolution in the remuneration of hospital nurses, selected OECD countries, 2005-13 (or nearest year)


The remuneration level of nurses is one of the factors affecting their job satisfaction and the attractiveness of the profession. It also has a direct impact on costs, as wages represent one of the main spending items in health systems.

In many countries, the remuneration of nurses has been affected by the economic crisis in 2008, but to varying degrees. Outside Europe, the growth in the remuneration of nurses in countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand slowed down temporarily following the economic crisis, while the crisis did not appear to have any effect on the growth rate in nurse remuneration level in Mexico. In Europe, following the economic crisis, the remuneration of nurses was cut down in some countries, such as in Hungary and Italy, and has been frozen in Italy over the past few years. In Greece, the remuneration of nurses has been reduced on average by 20% between 2009 and 2013.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2015.

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