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OECD Health Systems Data

Understanding the features of health care systems is an important step in assessing why some perform better than others. The HSI team, through the use of health institutions data from the OECD*, has mapped important characteristics of OECD health systems to facilitate international comparisons.

Health coverage and financing arrangements are fundamental features of health systems. The maps included under the Health Care Financing and Coverage heading illustrate varying arrangements adopted by OECD countries to finance their health system, how health coverage is provided to their population, and the type of benefits offered.

Countries adopt different mechanisms to deliver health care services to their population. The choices they make can have an effect on access, quality, and costs. The Health Care Delivery maps included here illustrate the different approaches adopted by OECD countries in this regard.

In a context of limited resources and growing expenses, it is crucial to identify arrangements that allow for an efficient use of these resources and their equitable distribution. Countries have instituted different policies to oversee how these resources are used and apply corrective measures when costs increase beyond certain targets. The maps detailing Governance and Resource Allocation illustrate some of these arrangements.

* Paris, V., M. Devaux and L. Wei (2010), “Health Systems Institutional Characteristics: A Survey of 29 OECD Countries”, OECD Health Working Papers, No. 50, OECD Publishing.

** The U.S. did not answer the survey and is therefore not mapped.