Policy Briefs

  • 31-March-2021


    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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  • 31-January-2020

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    Mexico Policy Brief : Health

    Mexico has one of the highest rates of obesity in the OECD, as nearly one in three adults are obese.

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  • 11-December-2018


    Public spending on health and long-term care: a new set of projections

    This paper provides new projections of public spending on health and long-term care for OECD countries and the BRIICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa). Despite the inevitable uncertainty surrounding projections, they suggest a rapidly rising trend over the next 50 years.

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  • 6-December-2018

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    Spending on Primary Care: First Estimates - Policy Brief

    Primary care is a key pillar of a modern, people-centred health care system. Investing in the primary care sector represents good value for money as it can help avoid costly admissions to hospitals, improve care coordination and improve health outcomes. This paper presents first-time estimates of spending on primary care services for a group of 22 OECD countries, based on new methodology.

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  • 5-December-2018

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    Renewing priority for dementia: Where do we stand?

    As global leaders return to London on 5 December 2018 to discuss dementia, this new OECD Policy Brief looks at what progress countries have made over the past five years.

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  • 29-November-2018

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    How resilient were OECD health care systems during the “refugee crisis”? - OECD Migration Policy Debates

    This edition of Migration Policy Debates reviews current challenges and good practices for making OECD health systems more resilient in the face of a refugee crisis, drawing from a debate at a joint OECD, the World Bank and the Center for Mediterranean Integration conference on “Human Resources for Health (HRH): Integration of Refugees into Host Community Health Systems”.

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  • 7-November-2018

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    Stemming the Superbug Tide - Policy Brief

    This Policy Brief gives an insight to key messages and various highlights from the new OECD report "Stemming the Superbug Tide: Just a Few Dollars More", which analyses the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The report, based on new forecasts of the growth in resistance to 2050, outlines how countries can tackle AMR and significantly reduce the personal and economic costs.

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  • 9-October-2018

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    Children & Young People’s Mental Health in the Digital Age - Shaping the Future

    Being online and using social media are an integral part of children and young people's lives. There are concerns that reliance on digital technologies and social media exacerbates feelings of anxiety, depression, disturbing sleep patterns, leading to cyber-bullying and distorting body image. It is crucial to adopt an approach that minimises the risks without restricting the opportunities digital technologies and social media can offer.

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  • 28-June-2018

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    Spending on Health: Latest Trends

    Health spending back on a growth path after the slowdown following the financial crisis. Read about the latest health spending trends in this Policy Brief issued for the release of the database OECD Health Statistics 2018

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  • 6-November-2017


    Healthy people, healthy planet

    This document, produced to inform the 2017 meeting of the G7 Ministers of Health, provides a broad overview of the main policy issues and some of the policy actions that G7 Health authorities can put in place to improve population health, while at the same time decreasing the human footprint on the environment.

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