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Health at a Glance 2007

OECD Indicators

By Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD

Progress in the prevention and treatment of diseases has contributed to remarkable improvements in life expectancy and quality of life in OECD countries in recent decades. At the same time, spending on health care is consuming an ever-increasing share of nationalincome. This fourth edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data and trends on the performance of health systems in OECD countries. It provides striking evidence of large variations across countries in indicators of health status and health risks. For the first time, this publication also includes a chapter on new comparable indicators of quality of care, showing variations across countries in measures such as survival rates after heart attack, stroke, and cancer. The indicators cover “process” (treatment) and “outcome” (result) measures in four broad areas: • Cancer care (breast, cervical, colorectal) • Acute conditions (heart attack, stroke) • Chronic conditions (diabetes, asthma) • Communicable diseases (flu, childhood diseases)

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