The OECD Health Database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems.
As well as indicator-by-indicator analysis, Health at a Glance 2017 offers snapshots and dashboard indicators that summarise the comparative performance of countries, and a special chapter on the main factors driving life expectancy gains.
On 16-17 January 2017, the OECD hosted a meeting for Ministers of Health and a High-Level Policy Forum on person-centred care, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
Pharmaceuticals have undoubtedly contributed to improvements in life expectancy and quality of life of many patients, but recent trends on increased spending and soaring launch prices of new medicines raise a number of concerns.
These regular reviews seek to examine what works and what does not work in different countries – both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve their health system.
Health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high-quality care. The OECD examines different aspects of health workforce policy, including how countries can ensure that doctors practice where they are most needed, whether health workers put their skills to effective use in their jobs, and analyse recent trends in health worker migration.
The Patient-Reported Indicators Survey (PaRIS) aims to address critical information gaps by measuring outcomes reported by patients themselves, and build a patient-centred view of health system performance.