The OECD advises countries on how to meet future demand for health professionals and how to manage the supply of health workers, by reviewing policies related to education and training, continuous professional development, geographic distribution and immigration. The OECD also assesses changes in the scope of practice of health care providers, and the impact that these changes might have on access, quality and efficiency in health service delivery.
Key information on health workforce
Health workers are the cornerstone of health systems, playing a central role in providing health services to the population and improving health outcomes. The demand and supply of health workers have increased over time in all OECD countries, with jobs in the health and social sector accounting for more than 10% of total employment now in several OECD countries. This publication reviews key trends and policy priorities on health workforce across OECD countries, with a particular focus on doctors and nurses given the preeminent role that they have traditionally played in health service delivery.
HEALTH WORKFORCE PUBLICATIONS
Workshop - Towards a more efficient use of health human resources: What lessons can we learn from innovations across OECD countries? - 27 June 2016
The OECD Health Division organised a workshop to discuss changes in skill mix and scope of practice of health workers on 27 June 2016. Its main purpose was to promote meaningful exchanges of experiences across OECD countries in re-configuring the traditional roles and responsibilities of different categories of health workers to achieve a more efficient use of human resources. The workshop gathered around 60 participants from Health ministries, academia, European and international organisations (EU, WHO) and professional associations.
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Data on Health Workforce
Health at a Glance 2015
Health workforce chapter in Health at a Glance 2015 - OECD Indicators:
Health at a Glance - Europe 2014
Health workforce data in Health at a Glance - Europe 2014:
Health at a Glance - Asia/Pacific 2014
Health workforce data in Health at a Glance - Asia/Pacific 2014:
For more data on health workforce, go to the dataset on Health Care Resources in OECD.Stat.
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL HIGH-LEVEL COMMISSION ON HEALTH EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
23 March 2016 - LAUNCH AND FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMISSION, Lyon, France
The meeting was chaired by H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France and, H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.
The Commission’s main objective is to propose actions to contribute to global inclusive economic growth, creation of decent jobs, achievement of Universal Health Coverage, and also to complement various global development efforts set out by the international community.
23 March - First meeting of the Commission
19 September - Second meeting of the Commission at the margins of the UN General Assembly
20 September - Official handover of the final report to Ban Ki-moon
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