Publications & Documents

  • 11-March-2024


    Promoting Better Career Choices for Longer Working Lives - Stepping Up Not Stepping Out

    The transition towards a green economy, the rapid development of new digital technologies and cultural change are some of the forces disrupting traditional career paths, resulting in more fluid and diversified career trajectories. To benefit from increased longevity, workers will increasingly have to consider job mobility at middle and older ages, changing jobs or careers more frequently than in the past. Making successful career transitions, however, tends to be more difficult for workers at older ages due to health issues, unfamiliarity with relevant technology or a lack of recent job search experience. This may result in a mismatch between the types of jobs they want and the jobs that employers may provide. This report presents evidence on recent trends in career mobility and the consequences for individual workers in terms of pay and other job characteristics. It identifies key employer and public policies that can help facilitate career mobility that results in better employment choices at older ages. This requires overcoming discriminatory views towards older workers, improving job flexibility choices and ensuring that government policy supports voluntary career mobility.
  • 1-March-2024


    Aid to Health

    The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) collects aid flows at activity level based on a standard methodology and agreed definitions. Aid to Health is covered by two main sectors; 1.Aid to Health - General and Basic Health, and, 2. Population Policies/Programmes and Reproductive Health - includes HIV/AIDS.

  • 29-February-2024


    Social protection for older people with long-term care needs

    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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  • 23-February-2024


    Securing Medical Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World

    Secure medical supply chains are a cornerstone of resilient health systems. Medical supply chains are complex and internationalised, often involving many suppliers. The COVID-19 pandemic, which combined an unprecedented surge in demand with interruptions in supply and trade, exacerbated pre-existing, rising shortages of essential medicines, such as antibiotics and anaesthetics, and generated shortages of medical devices, such as face masks and respirators. This report offers insights into the risks and vulnerabilities of the supply chains of medicines and medical devices. Policy options to anticipate and mitigate risks of shortages of medicines and medical devices, both routinely and in the context of severe crises, are analysed. Most importantly, the report shows that strengthening the long-term resilience of medical supply chains requires collaborative approaches that balance measures best undertaken by the private sector with those more appropriately managed by governments or supranationally.
  • 21-February-2024


    OECD Health Statistics 2023

    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.

  • 20-February-2024



    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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  • 19-February-2024

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    Healthcare through patients’ eyes: The next generation of healthcare performance indicators

    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.

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  • 13-February-2024


    Public Health

    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.

  • 8-February-2024


    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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  • 6-February-2024


    Country Health Profiles 2023

    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. The 2023 edition has a special focus on behavioural risk factors and includes for the first time an examination of the state of mental health and related services in each country.

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