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News, Data on Health Care, Global Demographics: OECD Health at a Glance 2009

Organisation of Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) published its’ fifth annual edition of Health at a Glance 2009 – OECD Indicators on Dec 8 2009.

The full report is available in English or French language; anyone may read the “web book” online, at no cost, on the OECD Statistics page.*

Here is how the organization describes the scope of this report:

Health at a Glance 2009 provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and results of health systems. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries… 

This edition also contains new chapters on the health workforce and on access to care, an important policy objective in all OECD countries. The chapter on quality of care has been extended to include a set of indicators on the quality of care for chronic conditions. ”

Text source: http://www.oecdilibrary.org/oecd/content/book/health_glance-2009-en – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009


The 89-page report shows data from 30 countries on the following measures:

  • Health Status
  • Non-Medical Determinants of Health
  • Health Workforce
  • Health Care Activities
  • Quality of Care
  • Access to Care
  • Health Expenditures & Financing


Data from the section on Health Expenditure per Capita reveal that…

The United States continues to outspend all other OECD countries by a wide margin. In 2007, spending on health goods and services per person in the United States rose to USD $7,290 (Figure 7.1.1) – almost two and a half times the average of all OECD countries. “


Another highly useful publication from OECD is the annnual OECD Factbook 2009: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics.

These countries are OECD members: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

* Not all OECD publications are available online, or for free download.


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