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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.

 

UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL HIGH-LEVEL COMMISSION ON HEALTH EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

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20 September 2016 - Final report and recommendations presented at the margins of the UN General Assembly

In March 2016, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon officially established a High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. The Commission is co-chaired by Mr François Hollande, President of France, and Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, and co-vice-chaired by Dr. Margaret Chan (WHO), Mr. Guy Ryder (ILO) and Mr. Angel Gurría (OECD).

KEY EVENTS

20 September 2016 - Launch event of the WHO-OECD-ILO report “Working for Health and Growth: Investing in the Health Workforce” (New York City, United States)

19 September 2016 - Second meeting of the Commission (New York City, United States)

For more information about the Commission, visit http://www.who.int/hrh/com-heeg/.
 

Key information on health workforce

Health workforce policies in OECD countries

Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries - Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places


Released 15 March 2016

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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Workshop presentations:

 

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.

 

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