Publications & Documents

  • 3-October-2011


    Future Prospects for Industrial Biotechnology

    This book examines international drivers, enabling technologies fast-tracking industrial biotechnology, industry trends, some products appearing on the market, industry structure and finance, and policy measures and trends. It examines separately biofuels, biobased chemicals and bioplastics.

  • 2-October-2011


    OECD Reviews of Health Systems - Switzerland (2011)

    This report provides an update to the information and analysis presented in the Review of the Swiss Health System published by the OECD and the WHO in 2006, with a particular focus on three issues: health workforce, health insurance markets and governance of the Swiss health system.

  • 20-September-2011

    English, , 615kb

    Medical Tourism: Treatments, Markets and Health System Implications: A scoping review

    Despite the high-profile media interest and coverage, there is a lack of hard research evidence on the role and impact of medical tourism for OECD countries.

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  • 12-September-2011

    English, , 768kb

    Collaborative Mechanisms for Intellectual Property Management in the Life Sciences

    This report discusses ways in which both the public and private sectors are seeking to evolve from an “own and protect” model of intellectual property into an era of “own and share”, where value accrues not just to the initial owner of IP, but also to larger society as a whole.

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  • 31-August-2011


    OECD Health Working Paper No. 57. The Impact of Pay Increases on Nurses' Labour Market: A Review of Evidence from Four OECD Countries

    This report reviews the impact of pay increases on nurses’ labour market in four countries (UK, New Zealand, Finland and Czech Republic). Pay increases contributed to an increase in potential new entrants to nurse education, but the effect on nurses already in work is more difficult to assess.

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  • 30-June-2011


    Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

    Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

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  • 15-June-2011


    Public Consultation - Draft OECD Recommendation on Assessing the Sustainability of Bio-based Products

    The Recommendation seeks to assist both OECD member and non-member countries in the development of appropriate sustainability assessment methodologies for bio-based products.

  • 18-May-2011


    Help Wanted? - Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care

    This book examines the challenges countries are facing with regard to providing and paying for long-term care. With populations ageing and the need for long-term care growing rapidly, this book looks at such issues as: future demographic trends, policies to support family carers, long-term care workers, financing arrangements, long-term care insurance, and getting better value for money in long-term care. 


    “WHO recognizes that long-term care represents a major challenge for all countries in the world, with important implications for economic development and for the health and well-being of older people. This well-documented book provides a comparative analysis of the common challenges and diverse solutions OECD countries are adopting to respond to the growing demand for long-term care services, and particularly its implications for financing and labour markets.  It provides much needed evidence to guide policy makers and individuals.”

    -Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course,
    World Health Organization


    “This carefully researched book offers invaluable data and insights into the organization and financing of long-term care in OECD countries.  The book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in international long-term care”.

    -Dr. Joshua M. Wiener, Distinguished Fellow and Program Director
    of RTI’s Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program, United States

  • 18-May-2011

    English, Excel, 668kb

    Help Wanted? Providing and Paying for Long-Term Care: Policy Brief

    Demographic ageing and social changes will make it harder to care for older people who cannot cope without help. Based on a recently published OECD report, this policy brief calls for a comprehensive approach to long-term care.

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  • 3-May-2011

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    Better policies for better lives: The OECD at 50 and beyond

    The OECD’s 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm what we stand for and what we are about. After 50 years, our objective is and remains to help member and partner country’s governments to formulate and implement better policies for better lives.

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