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Health at a Glance 2017

OECD Indicators

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Published on November 10, 2017

Also available in: French

This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). The data presented in this publication come from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis. Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, this edition offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.


Executive summary
Reader's guide
Indicator overview: OECD snapshots and country dashboards
What has driven life expectancy gains in recent decades? A cross-country analysis of OECD member states
Health status10 chapters available
Life expectancy at birth
Life expectancy by sex and education level
Main causes of mortality
Mortality from circulatory diseases
Mortality from cancer
Infant health
Mental health
Perceived health status
Cancer incidence
Diabetes prevalence
Risk factors for health8 chapters available
Smoking among adults
Alcohol consumption among adults
Smoking and alcohol consumption among children
Healthy lifestyles among adults
Healthy lifestyles among children
Overweight and obesity among adults
Overweight and obesity among children
Air pollution
Access to care5 chapters available
Population coverage for health care
Unmet needs for health care due to cost
Out-of-pocket medical expenditure
Geographic distribution of doctors
Waiting times for elective surgery
Quality and outcomes of care15 chapters available
Patient experience with ambulatory care
Prescribing in primary care
Avoidable hospital admissions
Diabetes care
Mortality following ischaemic stroke
Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
Hospital mortality rates
Waiting times for hip fracture surgery
Surgical complications
Obstetric trauma
Care for people with mental health disorders
Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer
Survival and mortality for colorectal cancer
Survival and mortality for leukaemia in children
Health expenditure7 chapters available
Health expenditure per capita
Health expenditure in relation to GDP
Financing of health care
Sources of health care financing
Health expenditure by type of service
Health expenditure by provider
Capital expenditure in the health sector
Health workforce9 chapters available
Health and social care workforce
Doctors (overall number)
Doctors by age, sex and category
Medical graduates
Remuneration of doctors (general practitioners and specialists)
Nursing graduates
Remuneration of nurses
Foreign-trained doctors and nurses
Health care activities8 chapters available
Consultations with doctors
Medical technologies
Hospital beds
Hospital discharges
Average length of stay in hospitals
Hip and knee replacement
Caesarean sections
Ambulatory surgery
Pharmaceutical sector5 chapters available
Pharmaceutical expenditure
Pharmacists and pharmacies
Pharmaceutical consumption
Generics and biosimilars
Research and development in the pharmaceutical sector
Ageing and long-term care9 chapters available
Demographic trends
Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at age 65
Self-reported health and disability at age 65
Dementia prevalence
Recipients of long-term care
Informal carers
Long-term care workers
Long-term care beds in institutions and hospitals
Long-term care expenditure
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