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  • 8-September-2021

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    Health care prices and Purchasing Power Parities

    Variations in per capita health spending can be the result of differences in prices for health care goods and services, and in the quantity of care that individuals are using (“volume”). Eurostat and the OECD have calculated purchasing power parities and price level indexes for GDP and some 50 product groups, including health and hospitals, on a regular and timely basis.

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  • 2-July-2021

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    OECD Health Statistics 2021

    OECD Health Statistics 2021 is the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. All online datasets have been updated on 2 July 2021.

  • 25-June-2021

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    OECD Work on Health - Brochure

    This new brochure presents the OECD Work on Health, including all recent and forthcoming major publications and databases.

  • 8-June-2021

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    Improving mental health care key to COVID-19 pandemic recovery

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in mental ill-health issues, especially among the young, unemployed and those facing financial insecurity. Countries should provide adequate support to those affected, while urgently scaling up investment and quality of care to reduce the high social and economic costs of mental ill-health, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 28-May-2021

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    Health Update - The OECD Newsletter on Health

    Read about our latest report on Preventing Harmful Alcohol Use, access our Policy Briefs on Vaccines, and read about the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.

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  • 19-May-2021

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    Governments should step up their efforts to tackle harmful alcohol consumption

    Investing in policies to reduce harmful alcohol consumption would save millions of lives. The economic benefits of putting them in place would also be much higher than the costs, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 31-March-2021

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    Access to COVID-19 vaccines: Global approaches in a global crisis

    Following the extraordinarily rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines, immunisation is underway in many OECD countries. However, demand will continue to outstrip supply for some time and currently, distribution is strongly skewed in favour of high-income countries. This both inequitable and inefficient.

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  • 1-March-2021

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    Building and sustaining collaborative platforms in genomics and biobanks for health innovation

    Genomic and biobank collaborative platforms hold significant promise for the development of new discoveries and therapies. This paper explores the complex technical, legal and business challenges arising from genomics and biobanks, and brings together ideas and best practices from major national and international platforms, and from a diverse range of experts. The global sharing of biological samples and genomic data has been critical for accelerating our understanding of the biology and spread of COVID-19, and for the development of vaccines and diagnostics. Although some of the policy challenges in the field are well known, they have been reconfigured by the digitalisation of health innovation combined with the increasing complexity and volume of data, the push for global collaboration, and the growing awareness of ethical, legal, and social implications.
  • 10-February-2021

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    Primary Care

    Strengthening primary care, and getting greater value out of this sector, is a priority for all OECD health systems. The OECD Health Division has an ongoing programme of work to support countries in strengthening primary care systems that can meet the needs of their populations now and in the future.

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  • 21-December-2020

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    Public Health Reviews

    This series of OECD Reviews of Public Health provide in-depth analysis and policy recommendations to strengthen priority areas of countries’ public health systems, highlighting best practice examples that allow learning from shared experiences, and the spreading of innovative approaches.

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