The OECD Health Database offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries. It is an essential tool to carry out comparative analyses and draw lessons from international comparisons of diverse health systems.
Qualitative information on health financing and coverage, health care provision, governance and resource allocation have been collected for the third time by the OECD in 2016. Online access to underlying data is provided through a user-friendly tool for the first time.
On 16-17 January 2017, the OECD will host a meeting for Ministers of Health and a High-Level Policy Forum on person-centred care, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris.
These regular reviews seek to examine what works and what does not work in different countries – both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve their health system.
Health workers are crucial for ensuring access to high-quality care. The OECD examines different aspects of health workforce policy, including how countries can ensure that doctors practice where they are most needed, whether health workers put their skills to effective use in their jobs, and analyse recent trends in health worker migration.
Despite remarkable progress in health status and life expectancy in OECD countries over the past decades, there remain large inequalities not only across countries, but also across population groups within each country. The OECD analyses to what extent the principle of equal access to health care is achieved and how to help reduce these inequalities.