Policy Briefs

  • 17-June-2015

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    Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes - Policy Brief

    Over the last few decades, mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) has dropped faster than mortality from other causes. Despite this great success, prospects for making further progress are threatened by rising levels of obesity and diabetes and the lack of adherence to recommended treatments.

  • 11-June-2015

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    Slovenia Policy Brief: Reforming Health and Long-Term Care to Ensure Fiscal Sustainability and Improve Service Delivery

    The health care system in Slovenia is in urgent need of reform. Rising costs and the economic downturn following the global financial crisis have resulted in the emergence of severe financial constraints.

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  • 19-May-2014


    Obesity Update

    The majority of the population, and one in five children, are overweight or obese in the OECD area. A nearly tenfold variation in rates of obesity and overweight is observed across OECD countries. This Policy Brief series presents an update of analyses of trends and social disparities in obesity, using the latest data available.

  • 26-June-2013


    Public spending on health and long-term care: a new set of projections

    This paper provides new projections of public spending on health and long-term care for OECD countries and the BRIICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa). Despite the inevitable uncertainty surrounding projections, they suggest a rapidly rising trend over the next 50 years.

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  • 17-June-2013

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    Policy Brief: A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care

    While the number of elderly people in need of care is projected to at least double, governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to people facing reduced functional and cognitive capabilities. Based on a recent OECD and EC report, this policy brief looks at data and policies to measure quality in long-term care and drive standards of care up.

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  • 2-April-2013

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    OECD Health Policy Brief - Report on Health Information Infrastructure

    This Brief looks at the upcoming publication "Strengthening Health Information Infrastructure For Health Care Quality Governance" and argues that privacy-respectful uses of data for health, health care quality and health system performance monitoring and research must become widespread, regular activities.

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  • 30-June-2012

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    Policy Brief: Obesity Update 2012

    The obesity epidemic slowed down in several OECD countries during the past three years. Rates grew less that previously projected, or did not grow at all, according to new data from ten OECD countries. However, rates remain high and social disparities in obesity are unabated.

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  • 18-May-2011

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    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.

  • 12-March-2010

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    International Migration of Health Workers (Policy Brief)

    Because the international migration of doctors and nurses has become increasingly visible, it is often seen as the main culprit behind these shortages.

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