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  • 7-November-2018

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    Stemming the Superbug Tide - Policy Brief

    This Policy Brief gives an insight to key messages and various highlights from the new OECD report "Stemming the Superbug Tide: Just a Few Dollars More", which analyses the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report, based on new forecasts of the growth in resistance to 2050, outlines how countries can tackle AMR and significantly reduce the personal and economic costs.

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  • 9-October-2018

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    Children & Young People’s Mental Health in the Digital Age - Shaping the Future

    Being online and using social media are an integral part of children and young people's lives. There are concerns that reliance on digital technologies and social media exacerbates feelings of anxiety, depression, disturbing sleep patterns, leading to cyber-bullying and distorting body image. It is crucial to adopt an approach that minimises the risks without restricting the opportunities digital technologies and social media can offer.

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  • 9-October-2018

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    Mental Health Facts and Figures

    Mental Health Facts and Figures

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  • 24-August-2018


    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.

  • 23-August-2018


    Health Data Infrastructure

    OECD Health Ministers welcomed the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance at their meeting in Paris on 17 January 2017. The Recommendation lays out the framework conditions to encourage greater availability and processing of health data within countries and across borders for health-related public policy objectives, while ensuring that risks to privacy and security are minimised and appropriately managed.

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  • 8-August-2018

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    What the OECD can bring to work on Universal Health Coverage

    The OECD core mission to promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world brings much relevant experience supporting countries to achieve and sustain universal health coverage (UHC).

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  • 5-July-2018


    Delivering Quality Health Services: A Global Imperative

    Universal health coverage (UHC) aims to provide health security and universal access to essential care services without financial hardship to individuals, families and communities. UHC enables a transition to more productive and equitable societies and economies and is enshrined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But UHC should not be implemented without considering the quality of the care provided. Quality means care that is effective, safe, people-centered, timely, equitable, integrated and efficient. High-quality care improves health outcomes and reduces waste. It is integral to a high-value, sustainable health system. Universal access to high-quality health care is not a luxury only rich countries can afford. It can be achieved in all settings with strong leadership, planning and implementation. The returns are worth the investment. While significant progress has been made to improve care quality has been made, more effort is needed in both developing and developed countries. This report describes the current situation with regard to UHC and global quality of care, and outlines the steps governments, health services and their workers, together with citizens and patients need to urgently take.
  • 28-June-2018

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    Spending on Health: Latest Trends

    Health spending back on a growth path after the slowdown following the financial crisis. Read about the latest health spending trends in this Policy Brief issued for the release of the database OECD Health Statistics 2018

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  • 12-June-2018


    Care Needed - Improving the Lives of People with Dementia

    Across the OECD, nearly 19 million people are living with dementia. Millions of family members and friends provide care and support to loved ones with dementia throughout their lives. Globally, dementia costs over USD 1 trillion per year and represents one of the leading causes of disability for elderly adults. These numbers will continue to rise as populations age. Until a cure or disease-modifying treatment for dementia is developed, the progress of the disease cannot be stopped. This report presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive cross-country assessment of the state of dementia care in OECD countries. In recent years, OECD countries have enhanced their efforts to provide high-quality dementia care during diagnosis, early and advanced dementia, but improving measurement is necessary for enhancements in care quality and outcomes for people with dementia. The report advises a set of policies that can help countries to improve diagnosis, strengthen access to care services, improve the quality of care, and support the families and carers of people living with dementia. Measuring and comparing the services that are delivered to people with dementia and the outcomes they achieve is a crucial part of improving dementia care. Most health systems have very poor data on dementia care and  countries should work to strengthen the measurement of quality and outcomes of dementia care.
  • 5-June-2018

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    Pharmaceutical Reimbursement and Pricing in Germany - Country profile

    This country profile was prepared to inform several OECD projects related to pharmaceutical policies and was updated in June 2018.

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