Policy Briefs

  • 17-January-2024

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    Policy brief: AI in Health, Huge Potential, Huge Risks

    The OECD has been at the frontier in defining comprehensive policy principles for trustworthy development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with its 2019 Principles. These principles seek to mitigate some of AI’s most significant risks including worker displacement, expanding inequities, breaches of personal privacy and security, and irresponsible use of AI that is inappropriate for the context or may result in harm.

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  • 31-May-2023

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    Technology deep dives: Synthetic biology (policy brief)

    From alternative protein sources to rapid vaccine development, synthetic biology can address global challenges and transform industries. But are current governance frameworks up to the task?

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  • 7-March-2022

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    Antimicrobial Resistance in the EU/EEA: A One Health Response, Policy Brief - March 2022

    Antimicrobial resistance remains a serious challenge for everyone, a silent pandemic that calls for a One Health response in the EU/EEA. Policy Brief to inform the High-Level One Health Ministerial Meeting On Antimicrobial Resistance, French Presidency of the EU Council. March 7, 2022.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 29-September-2017

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    Latvia Policy Brief: Promoting better access to care while delivering health care more effectively

    Within a context of lower resources and higher health needs than in many OECD countries, Latvia’s health system delivers relatively efficient and effective care to the population, however, existing financial and geographical barriers to care are important drivers of unmet health care needs.

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  • 24-August-2017

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    Overview of Health Policy in Iceland

    Health spending per capita in Iceland has started to rise again in recent years following sharp reductions after the economic crisis in 2008. Iceland reports good health outcomes, and tobacco and alcohol consumption are relatively low. However, increasing obesity rates and issues related to access to care are important public health and health system challenges.

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