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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: 

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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

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 2013: OECD IndicatorsHealth at a Glance: Europe 2012 and Health at a Glance: Asia/ Pacific 2012. Access the PDF versions or web books for those publications, and the full data sets through StatLinks, free of charge.

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

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The use of generics varies widely across OECD countries
Share of generics in the total pharmaceutical market, 2012 (or nearest year)

Generics ‌

1. Reimbursed pharmaceutical market.
2. Community pharmacy market.

All OECD countries see the development of generic markets as a good opportunity to increase efficiency in pharmaceutical spending, by offering cheaper products than on-patent drugs for an equivalent health outcome. However, in 2012, generics accounted for about three-quarter of the volume of pharmaceuticals covered by basic health coverage in the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand and Denmark, while they represented less than one-quarter of the market in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Japan and Ireland.

The share of the generic market in value is always lower than in volume, due to the fact that prices of generics are lower than for on-patent drugs.

Source: OECD Health Statistics 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/health-data-en.

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