Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020

Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020 presents key indicators on health and health systems in 33 Latin America and the Caribbean countries. This first Health at a Glance publication to cover the Latin America and the Caribbean region was prepared jointly by OECD and the World Bank. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across almost 100 indicators including equity, health status, determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health expenditure and financing, and quality of care. The editorial discusses the main challenges for the region brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as managing the outbreak as well as mobilising adequate resources and using them efficiently to ensure an effective response to the epidemic. An initial chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries before the crisis, followed by a special chapter about addressing wasteful health spending that is either ineffective or does not lead to improvement in health outcomes so that to direct saved resources where they are urgently needed.

Published on June 16, 2020Also available in: Spanish


Executive summary
Reader’s guide
Universal health coverage and country dashboards
Identifying and tackling wasteful spending in Latin American and Caribbean health systems
Health status13 chapters available
Life expectancy at birth
Infant mortality
Under age 5 mortality
Mortality from all causes
Mortality from cardiovascular diseases
Mortality from cancer
Mortality from injuries
Maternal mortality
Mosquito borne diseases
Determinants of health13 chapters available
Family planning
Preterm birth and low birth weight
Infant and young child feeding
Child malnutrition
Adolescent health
Overweight and obese adults
Water and sanitation
Road safety
Physical activity
Drug use
Health care resources and activities8 chapters available
Doctors and nurses
Consultations with doctors
Medical technologies
Hospital care
Pregnancy and birth
Infant and child health care
Mental health care
Blood glucose and blood pressure
Health expenditure and financing4 chapters available
Health expenditure per capita and in relation to GDP
Financing of health care from government and compulsory health insurance schemes
Financing of health care from households’ out-of-pocket payments, voluntary payment schemes and external resources
Financial protection
Quality of care4 chapters available
Childhood vaccination programmes
In-hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction and stroke
Cancer survival
Avoidable hospital admissions
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