Health Statistics


The OECD carries out work on health data and indicators to improve international comparisons and economic analyses of health systems.

OECD Health Statistics and Health at a Glance are, respectively, the leading statistical database and publication for international comparisons of health and health systems. They help policy makers, researchers, journalists and citizens compare the performance of health systems across OECD and partner countries.



OECD Health Statistics 2021

The main OECD Health database includes more than 1200 indicators covering all aspects of health systems for the 38 OECD member countries, as well as key partners. Access time series in 12 datasets, and the full list of indicators in various languages. The full information on definitions, sources and methods is also available in one single user-friendly document.

  • OECD Health Statistics 2021: Frequently Requested Data (available shortly)

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Health Care Quality and Outcomes

The HCQO project compares the quality of health services in different countries. Access data on the following topics: Primary Care, Prescribing in Primary Care, Acute Care, Mental Health Care, Patient Safety, Cancer Care and Patient Experiences.

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Health Expenditure: A System of Health Accounts (SHA) 

Access the latest data and main comparative tables and charts on health expenditure.

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Health at a Glance

This series of key statistical publications provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries.
The latest issues include Health at a Glance: Europe 2020 - State of Health in the EU CycleHealth at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020Health at a Glance 2019: OECD Indicators and Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2018. Access the PDF versions or web books for those publications, and the full data sets through StatLinks, free of charge.

Also, access the Country Health Profiles 2019, released in November 2019 as part of the State of Health in the EU Cycle.

In addition, the OECD analyses health system performance through policy projects.


Across the OECD, 8.8% of the GDP was dedicated to improve and preserve the health of the population in 2017. A substantial proportion of health spending is funded out of public resources – which mainly refer to funding from government revenues generated from tax income, and social insurance contributions. In 2017, they financed around 71% of health expenditure across the OECD. This share was particularly high in Norway and Luxembourg (85% of total spending), and lowest in Switzerland (financing less than a third of spending).

Health accounts for an increasing share of total government budgets. Across OECD countries, the share of public funding on health in total government expenditure stands now at 15%, up from 14% in 2005. Read our latest Brief on Public funding of health care to know more.

1. Public expenditure is calculated using spending by government schemes and social health insurance.
2. Public expenditure is calculated using spending by government schemes, social health insurance and compulsory private insurance.


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