Publications & Documents


  • 26-September-2014

    English

    Ebola does not stop at the border!

    This article by the SWAC Secretariat highlights the regional challenges of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic should help the region to boost solidarity and act united.

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  • 25-September-2014

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    Nanotechnology in the Context of Technology Convergence

    This report explores the characteristics of nanotechnology as it relates to technology convergence i.e. actual instances of the convergence of different technology streams in the research and innovation environments within laboratories and companies. It examines four application areas in which nanotechnology plays a strong role (green packaging, food safety and security, pharmaceuticals and medical devices).

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  • 23-September-2014

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    Biobased Chemicals and Bioplastics: Finding the Right Policy Balance

    Several OECD countries have published their plans for the development of a future bioeconomy, in which bio-based materials and production techniques will contribute significantly to economic and environmental sustainability. The case for support for bio-based chemicals and plastics therefore warrants serious attention.

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  • 16-September-2014

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    Governments must tackle regional variations in health care use, says OECD

    Health care use varies widely across countries but can also vary as much or more within countries. Governments should do more to improve their health systems to prevent unnecessary interventions and ensure that everyone has the same access to quality healthcare, wherever they live, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 16-September-2014

    English

    Medical Practice Variations

    The OECD has released "Geographic Variations in Health Care: What Do We Know and What Can Be Done to Improve Health System Performance?", a final output to the project on variations in medical practice. This report helps policy makers better understand the issues and challenges around geographic variations in health care provision and considers the policy options.

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  • 29-August-2014

    English

    Output-based hospital-specific Purchasing Power Parities

    Explaining hospital (or more broadly health care) expenditure in terms of volumes and prices requires expenditure data to be converted using a common currency. Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) are commonly used to convert national currencies to a common unit.

  • 28-July-2014

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    Health Care Quality Indicators

    The objective of the HCQI Project is to develop a set of indicators based on comparable data and which can be used to raise questions for further investigation on quality differences across countries.

  • 11-July-2014

    English

    Health Technical Papers

    The OECD Health Technical Papers series is designed to make available to a wider readership methodological studies and statistical analysis on measuring and assessing health care and health expenditure.

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  • 8-July-2014

    English

    Mental Health

    Mental disorders account for one of the largest and fastest growing categories of the burden of disease with which health systems must cope, often accounting for a greater burden than cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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  • 8-July-2014

    English

    Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says OECD

    Governments need to step up their efforts to improve mental health care which remains poorly resourced and under-prioritised in too many countries, according to a new OECD report.

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