Health Systems Characteristics



How is care delivered in OECD countries? What characterises the funding? How are resources allocated?

Responses from the OECD Health System Characteristics Survey are available online, providing access to the most recent information on key institutional characteristics of health systems of OECD countries, key partner and accession countries for its 2012 and 2016 editions, as well as Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries for its 2018 edition.



RESULTS FROM THE OECD Health Systems Characteristics SURVEYS

The 2016 round of the survey aimed to mainly track changes since 2012. It focused on a “core” set of questions, covering key characteristics of the health systems across OECD countries. In order to reduce the data collection burden on countries, a data survey tool was developed and an online communication platform was established in order to facilitate exchanges with countries.

In 2018, the Inter-American Development Bank and the OECD launched a survey to collect information on key health system characteristics in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. This survey draws heavily on the OECD survey.

The full questionnaires, along with the 2016 glossary, are available online in the "Links" section. 



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