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.

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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 2021: OECD Indicators, Health at a Glance: Europe 2020 - State of Health in the EU CycleHealth at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2020, and Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2020. 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 2021, released in December 2021 as part of the State of Health in the EU Cycle.

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


Overall public funding can be defined as the sum of government transfers and all social contributions. Private sources consist of the premiums for voluntary and compulsory insurance schemes, as well as any other funds coming from households or corporations. In 2019, public sources funded around 71% of health care spending on average in OECD countries. Where government financing schemes are the principal financing mechanism, as in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, public sources funded more than 80% of health care expenditure. In other countries, governments may not pay directly for the majority of health services, but they provide transfers and subsidies. In Germany, for example, only about 7% of spending on health came directly from government schemes, but government transfers to public agency and social insurance funds, as well as social insurance contributions payable by employees and employers, meant that a large proportion of expenditure was still considered publicly funded (78% of the total).

See the indicator on Public funding of health spending, in Health at a Glance 2021: OECD Indicators.

1. Public funding is calculated using spending by government schemes and social health insurance.


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