Publications & Documents


  • 5-March-2013

    English

    A System of Health Accounts 2011

    The revised System of Health Accounts (SHA 2011) is the new global standard for producing health expenditure accounts. Data produced under the system will be more comparable, more convincing, and more policy relevant.

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  • 5-March-2013

    English

    Mental Health and Work: Norway

    Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Norway is the fourth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that Norway faces a unique situation whereby a generous welfare system stimulates large-scale labour market exclusion and significant socio-economic inequalities of people with a mental disorder, and hindering better outcomes of its employment and vocational rehabilitation programmes.

  • 28-February-2013

    English

    Aid in Support of Gender Equality in Education and Health

    This paper examines the extent to which Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors' aid to education and health addressed gender equality objectives, based on data collected through the DAC gender equality policy marker.

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  • 25-February-2013

    English

    OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

    Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

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  • 4-February-2013

    English

    Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector - What Works?

    Over the past decade, many OECD countries have introduced new policies to tackle excessive waiting times for elective surgery with some success. However, in the wake of the recent economic downturn and severe pressures on public budgets, waiting times times may rise again, and it is important to understand which policies work.  In addition, the European Union has introduced new regulations to allow patients to seek care in other member states, if there are long delays in treatment.   This book provides a framework to understand why there are waiting lists for elective surgery in some OECD countries and not in others. It also describes how waiting times are measured in OECD countries, which differ widely, and makes recommendations for best practice. Finally, it reviews different policy approaches to tackling excessive waiting times. Some countries have introduced guarantees to patients that they will not wait too long for treatment. These policies work only if they are accompanied by sanctions on health providers to ensure the guarantee is met or if they allow greater choice of health-care providers including the private sector. Many countries have also introduced policies to expand supply of surgical services, but these policies have generally not succeeded in the long-term in bringing down waiting times. Given the increasing demand for elective surgery, some countries have experimented with policies to improve priorisation of who is entitled to elective surgery. These policies are promising, but difficult to implement.
  • 29-January-2013

    English

    Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

    Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 16-January-2013

    English, PDF, 508kb

    Health care reform and long-term care in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands, as other OECD countries, faces the challenge of providing high quality health and long term care services to an ageing population in a cost-efficient manner.

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  • 7-January-2013

    English, PDF, 1,230kb

    Comparing activities and performance of the hospital sector in Europe: how many surgical procedures performed as inpatient and day cases?

    This project aims to improve the comparability of data on surgical procedures available across European and non-European OECD countries by testing some methodological improvements to promote greater consistency in data reporting. It also analyses the results of the data collection on surgical procedure rates in terms of variations across countries and trends over time.

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  • 26-November-2012

    English

    Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

    Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

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  • 23-November-2012

    English, PDF, 274kb

    Model development issues when forecasting health expenditures

    Background paper for the OECD Expert workshop on improving health expenditure forecasting.

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