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  • 20-October-2020

    English

    Excess mortality - Measuring the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19

    Assessing the direct and indirect health impact of the COVID 19 pandemic is central in managing public health and other policy measures while learning to co-exist with the virus. Many countries are publishing statistics on COVID 19 related mortality. While the frequent and timely publication of such figures provides insights into the ongoing trends in a given country, differences in coding and reporting practices pose challenges for international comparisons. Looking at the number of total deaths can help to overcome some of these differences in national practices whilst also providing a better view of the overall impact of COVID 19, by taking into account not just the possible underreporting of COVID 19 deaths but also indirect mortality caused, for example, by health systems not being able to cope with other conditions – acute and chronic.
  • 19-October-2020

    English

    Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy project

    The OECD Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy project had two main objectives: to add to the base of information about pharmaceutical pricing policy in OECD countries and develop a taxonomy and framework for making international comparisons of policies, and to analyse cross-national impacts and implications of policies, particularly with respect to the impacts on pharmaceutical prices paid in other countries and on pharmaceutical R&D.

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  • 16-October-2020

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    Estimating Expenditure by Disease, Age and Gender

    Expenditure by disease data based on national health accounts can provide valuable information for use in policy analysis. In order to move further in this important area, it is necessary both to refine the definitions and approach that is followed, but also to demonstrate that such accounts can be developed in a cost-effective manner under the framework of the System of Health Accounts.

  • 18-September-2020

    English

    21st World Knowledge Forum: COVID-19 and the New Economic Normal

    The world is in the grip of the worst health, social and economic crisis of our lifetime. The 6% contraction in global GDP that we project for 2020 in our most recent Economic Outlook is the largest in the 60 years of the OECD’s existence.

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  • 17-September-2020

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    System governance towards improved patient safety - Key functions, approaches and pathways to implementation

    Safety governance refers to the approaches taken to minimise the risk for patient harm across an entity or system. It typically comprises steering and rule-making functions such as policies, regulations and standards. To date, governance has focused on the clinical level and the hospital setting, with limited oversight and control over safety in other parts of the health system. All 25 countries that responded to a 2019 OECD Survey of Patient Safety Governance have enacted legislation that aims to promote patient safety. These practices include external accreditation and inspections of safety processes and outcomes. Safety governance models are also moving away from punishment and shaming towards increased trust and openness. Learning from success as well as failures represents a paradigm shift in safety governance, an approach that has been increasingly adopted in OECD countries.
  • 17-September-2020

    English

    The economics of patient safety Part III: Long-term care - Valuing safety for the long haul

    Long-term care (LTC) institutions are now providing care to a greater number of people, and more residents with chronic conditions and multiple co-morbidities, than ever before. Trends suggest this strain will continue to increase as OECD populations continue to age. The total cost of avoidable admissions to hospitals from LTC facilities in 2016 was almost USD 18 Billion, equivalent to 2.5% of all spending on hospital inpatient care or 4.4% of all spending on LTC. Research shows that over half of the harm that occurs in LTC is preventable, and over 40% of admissions to hospitals from LTC are avoidable. The root causes of these events can be addressed through improved prevention and safety practices and workforce development—including skill-mix and education. Targeted investments in a number of key areas can have a significant impact by mitigating the main cost drivers of adverse events in LTC.
  • 9-September-2020

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, addressing the conference "From Pandemic to Recovery: The Role of Development Banks in Tackling the Economic Crisis", 9 September 2020

    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will address, in a video, the conference ‘’From Pandemic to Recovery: The Role of Development Banks in Tackling the Economic Crisis’’, on 9 September 2020, highlighting the importance of the OECD’s work and standards on sustainable infrastructure and SMEs in the post-COVID-19 context.

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  • 3-September-2020

    English, Excel, 4,256kb

    OECD Health Statistics 2020: Frequently Requested Data (Excel file)

    Download this selection of key indicators from OECD Health Statistics 2020, in Excel. June 2020 version.

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  • 3-September-2020

    English, PDF, 8,125kb

    Panorama de la Salud 2019 - Indicadores de la OCDE

    Panorama de la Salud presenta comparativos de indicadores clave de salud pública y el desempeño de los sistemas de salud de los países miembros de la OCDE, candidatos y países socios. La edición 2019 presenta los más recientes datos comparables de 80 indicadores, reflejando las diferencias entre países en el estado de salud, factores de riesgo, acceso y calidad del cuidado, y los recursos financieros y físicos disponibles para la salud.

  • 2-September-2020

    English

    OECD Newsletter on Health, Employment, Migration and Social Affairs

    The OECD regularly publishes newsletters featuring the latest publications, analysis and opinion on Health, Employment, Migration and Social Affairs. Find out how to subscribe here.

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