Publications & Documents


  • 10-January-2017

    English

    Reviews of National Health Care Quality

    OECD Health Care Quality Reviews seek to examine what works and what does not work in different countries – both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve their health system.

  • 10-January-2017

    English

    Tackling Wasteful Spending on Health

    Following a brief pause after the economic crisis, health expenditure is rising again in most OECD countries. Yet, a considerable part of this health expenditure makes little or no contribution to improving people's health. In some cases, it even results in worse health outcomes. Countries could potentially spend significantly less on health care with no impact on health system performance, or on health outcomes. This report systematically reviews strategies put in place by countries to limit ineffective spending and waste. On the clinical front, preventable errors and low-value care are discussed. The operational waste discussion reviews strategies to obtain lower prices for medical goods and to better target the use of expensive inputs. Finally, the report reviews countries experiences in containing administrative costs and integrity violations in health.

  • 21-December-2016

    English

    Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy project

    The policy study published by the OECD is based on six case studies, an extensive review of the literature, and analysis of relevant data. The report provides context for the analysis of pharmaceutical pricing policies in OECD countries, describes pricing policies employed by the OECD zone and assesses their impact.

  • 21-December-2016

    English

    Value in Pharmaceutical Pricing

    The Working Paper sheds light on the extent to which “value” is considered in pricing and/or coverage decisions in 14 OECD member countries. It describes methods used by countries to assess the therapeutic benefits of new products, as well as approaches for economic evaluation, where relevant, and aims to illustrate how value is assessed and what is its impact on pricing and/or reimbursement decisions.

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  • 5-December-2016

    English

    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.

  • 5-December-2016

    English

    OECD Pensions Outlook 2016

    The OECD Pensions Outlook 2016 assesses policy issues regarding strengthening pension systems and, in particular, funded pension plans.  It covers defined benefits and defined contribution pension plans; fiscal incentives to save for retirement; policy measures to improve the financial advice for retirement; annuity products and their guarantees; pension design and financial education; and the pension arrangements for public-sector workers, including a comparison with those for private sector workers.

  • 23-November-2016

    English

    Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 - State of Health in the EU Cycle

    This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.

     

  • 23-November-2016

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    Health at a Glance Europe 2016: Briefing Note for Spain - Cómo compara España

    España se sitúa en primer lugar respecto a la esperanza de vida por delante del resto de 28 países europeos, tras mejoras estables en las últimas décadas. A pesar de esto, más de la mitad de los años vividos a partir de los 65 años se viven con algún tipo de problema de salud o discapacidad, lo que aumenta la presión en los sistemas de salud y los cuidados a largo plazo.

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  • 23-November-2016

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    Health at a Glance Europe 2016: Chartset

    Access key results from "Health at a Glance Europe 2016" in this chartset.

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  • 23-November-2016

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    Health at a Glance Europe 2016: Briefing Note for Italy - Come si posiziona Italia

    Gli indicatori di stato di salute e qualità dell’assistenza in Italia rimangono fra i migliori in UE. La percentuale di popolazione che riporta esigenze di cure mediche e dentali non soddisfatte è in crescita, in particolare per i gruppi a basso reddito, con un conseguente potenziale aumento delle disuguaglianze nel settore sanitario.

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