The OECD framework for comparing social protection for LTC across countries makes it possible to estimate the financial costs that older people face, and the protection they receive, in different scenarios of LTC needs, and for any level of income and wealth.
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The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems. OECD Health Statistics 2023 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. All online datasets have been updated on July 3, 2023.
Pharmaceuticals have contributed to improvements in life expectancy and quality of life of many patients. Medicines can cure, relieve symptoms, delay the onset of disease and prevent complications. They often offer good value for money. However, recent trends raise a number of concerns.
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For far too long, we have lacked meaningful insights into people’s experiences and outcomes of healthcare. Despite a wealth of global healthcare data, indicators of health system performance have historically focused on inputs and process, rather than on the impact of healthcare on people’s lives and well-being. The Patient-Reported Indicator Surveys (PaRIS) is a first of its kind international survey that fills this gap.
OECD work on mental health looks at deepening understanding of the population burden of mental ill-health, improving mental health promotion and ill-health prevention, measuring the performance of mental health systems, recommending best practices across health, employment, education and social welfare policies, and promoting a more integrated approach to mental health policy.
The OECD work on public health explores major risk factors including obesity, diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco and environmental risks, NCDs, as well as antimicrobial resistance.
Responses from the OECD Health System Characteristics Survey are available online, providing access to the most recent information on key institutional characteristics of health systems of OECD countries, key partner and accession countries for its 2012 and 2016 editions, as well as Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries for its 2018 edition.
OECD work covers digital strategy, health data governance, health workforce policy, telemedicine/telehealth and artificial intelligence, among other topics.
Health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high quality care for the whole population. The OECD advises countries on how to meet future demand for health professionals and how to manage the supply of health workers, by reviewing policies related to education and training, continuous professional development, geographic distribution and immigration.