Health at a Glance 2017



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.

Table of contents:

– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– Vaccinations
– 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 and social care workforce
– Doctors (overall number)
– Doctors by age, sex and category
– Medical graduates
– Remuneration of doctors (general practitioners and specialists)
– Nurses
– Nursing graduates
– Remuneration of nurses
– Foreign-trained doctors and nurses
– Consultations with doctors
– Medical technologies
– Hospital beds
– Hospital discharges
– Average length of stay in hospitals
– Hip and knee replacement
– Caesarean sections
– Ambulatory surgery
– Pharmaceutical expenditure
– Pharmacists and pharmacies
– Pharmaceutical consumption
– Generics and biosimilars
– Research and development in the pharmaceutical sector
– 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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Publication Date

10 Nov 2017

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