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  • 23-August-2022

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    Health Systems Characteristics

    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.

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  • 18-February-2022

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    Universal Health Coverage

    Universal Health Coverage is about everyone having access to good quality health services without suffering financial hardship. Although most OECD countries offer all their citizens affordable access to a comprehensive package of health services, they face challenges in sustaining and enhancing such universal systems.

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  • 18-January-2022

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    Country Health Profiles 2021

    The State of Health in the EU’s Country Health Profiles provide a concise and policy-relevant overview of health and health systems in the EU/European Economic area, emphasizing the particular characteristics and challenges in each country. The 2021 edition has a special focus on the impact and responses of European health systems to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • 17-January-2022

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    Health Update - The OECD Newsletter on Health

    Read about our latest reports "Health for the People, by the People", the "State of Health in the EU’s Country Profiles", and our work on Brazil ("OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Brazil 2021" and "Primary Health Care in Brazil"). This edition also has a special focus on the most recent COVID-19 brief "Rising from the COVID-19 crisis: Policy responses in the long-term care sector".

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  • 25-November-2021

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    TOSSD - Tracking global health expenditure in support of the SDGs

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for better tracking and monitoring domestic and international investments in health, including on pandemic preparedness. The total official support for sustainable development (TOSSD) framework can help, as it captures both cross‑border flows to developing countries, such as international assistance, and domestic contributions to global public goods, such as pandemic preparedness. This pilot study tests the current TOSSD methodology for tracking the global financing for health, and explores how TOSSD can be shaped to best respond to the emerging information needs of the international community.
  • 9-November-2021

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    COVID-19 pandemic underlines need to strengthen resilience of health systems, says OECD

    COVID‑19 contributed to a 16% increase in the expected number of deaths in 2020 and the first half of 2021 across OECD countries. Life expectancy fell in 24 of 30 countries with comparable data, with drops particularly large in the United States (‑1.6 years) and Spain (‑1.5 years), according to a new OECD report.

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  • 25-October-2021

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    Improving Regulatory Delivery in Food Safety - Mitigating Old and New Risks, and Fostering Recovery

    This report describes how regulators around the world adapted to the confusion brought by the COVID-19 crisis to ensure the supply of food while maintaining food safety and security. It brings together examples of regulatory responses at regional, national and international levels. The report also discusses how, despite all the challenges, the pandemic has helped uncover new regulatory tools and foster a culture of flexibility and agility in regulatory systems.
  • 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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  • 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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