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Comparative National Health System Data for 40 Countries

OECD has released its annual report comparing health systems in its 34 member countries and, when information is available, 6 major non-OECD countries.

Data is provided for 8 broad categories:

  1. Health status [life expectancy, mortality, disease incidence, etc.]
  2. Non-medical determinants of health [tobacco and alcohol use, obesity]
  3. Health workforce [health sector employment, number and average income of physicians and nurses, etc.]
  4. Health care activities [hospital beds, discharges, average length of stay, medical technologies, pharmaceutical consumption, etc.]
  5. Quality of care [avoidable readmissions, patient safety, cancer care, vaccinations, etc.]
  6. Access to care [unmet health care needs, waiting times, inequalities, burden of out-of-pocket expenses, etc.]
  7. Health expenditure and financing [per capita and percent of GDP expenditures, expenditure by function, financing, etc.]
  8. Long-term care [a newly added section on LTC workers, beds, expenditures, etc.]

Also included is hard-to-find data on trade in health services, or medical tourism, showing both imports and exports [inbound and outbound medical travel] expenditures by country as a share of the nation’s total health expenditures and how that has changed from 2004-2009.

The member countries covered in the OECD report include:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Canada
  5. Chile
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary
  14. Iceland
  15. Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Japan
  19. Korea
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Mexico
  22. Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Norway
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. Slovak Republic
  28. Slovenia
  29. Spain
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. Turkey
  33. United Kingdom
  34. United States

The non-OECD member countries included when data is available are:

  1. Brazil
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Indonesia
  5. Russian Federation
  6. South Africa

If connected to the web when viewing the report, click on the StatLinks on individual tables and graphs to download the data to Excel.

Source: Health at a glance 2011; OECD indicators. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Dec. 2011. http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/6/28/49105858.pdf

Posted by the AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org