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  • 5-December-2016

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    Life Annuity Products and Their Guarantees

    This publication helps policy makers to better understand annuity products and the guarantees they provide in order to optimise the role that these products can play in financing retirement. Product design is a crucial factor in the potential role of annuity products within the pension system, along with the cost and demand for these products, and the resulting risks that are borne by the annuity providers. Increasingly complex products, however, pose additional challenges concerning consumer protection. Consumers need to be aware of their options and have access to unbiased and comprehensible advice and information about these products.

  • 23-November-2016

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    Europe paying a heavy price for chronic diseases, finds new OECD-EC report

    Better public health and prevention policies as well as more effective health care could save hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of euros each year in Europe, according to a new joint OECD/European Commission report.

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  • 23-November-2016

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    Asia-Pacific should boost health spending to meet needs of fast ageing populations

    Asia-Pacific countries should strengthen their health systems and sharply increase spending to deliver effective universal coverage in order to meet the changing needs of their fast ageing populations, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 18-October-2016

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    G7 Health Ministers meeting in Kobe on 11-12 September 2016 recognises OECD work

    The G7 Health Ministers meeting in Kobe on 11-12 September welcomed OECD work on the linkages between Universal Health Coverage and healthy ageing, and recognised OECD work on access to innovative health treatments. The OECD will deliver initial findings following the French-led initiative to identify innovative options to pay for new medicines and high-cost treatments at the 17 January 2016 OECD Health Ministers meeting.

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  • 21-September-2016

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    Latvia faces important challenges to improve the performance of its health system

    Latvia has successfully consolidated its hospital sector and strengthened primary care since the financial crisis. But persistent barriers to accessing high quality care need to be removed, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 21-September-2016

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    Launch event of the report “Working for health and growth: investing in the health workforce”: closing remarks by Angel Gurría

    The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its final report and recommendations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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  • 20-September-2016

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    Second and final meeting of the UNSG High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, with Angel Gurría as co-vice chair

    Second and final meeting of the UNSG High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, with Angel Gurría as co-vice chair. The final report will be released on September 20, 2016.

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  • 16-September-2016

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    Health Systems Characteristics

    Responses from the third wave of the OECD Health System Characteristics Survey are available online, providing access to the most recent information on key institutional characteristics of health systems of OECD countries and key partner and accession countries.

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  • 14-September-2016

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    OECD Health Ministerial

    On 16-17 January 2017, the OECD will host a meeting for Ministers of Health and a High-Level Policy Forum on person-centred care, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Tackling antimicrobial resistance

    At the OECD, we have calculated that about 50% of all the antimicrobials prescribed by healthcare facilities in our member countries do not meet prescription guidelines. In healthcare services such as long-term care facilities and general practices up to 70% and 90% respectively of antibiotics may be prescribed for inappropriate reasons.

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