OECD release new figures on the latest comparable trends in population health

OECD’s new report Health at a glance 2019 highlights trends in population health and health system performance of OECD members, candidate and partner countries. The report analyses comparable and differing data between health status and health-seeking behaviour of citizens as well as their access and quality of health care.

Through this analysis the OECD finds that “better prevention and health care could have averted almost 3 million premature deaths.” Subsequently, heart attacks, stroke and other circulatory diseases caused around one in three deaths across the OECD. The report also reveals that respiratory diseases such as influenza and pneumonia have resulted in more deaths in recent years, with the most deaths amongst older people.

Moreover, the report highlights inequalities in citizens receiving adequate healthcare and that barriers to access persist, particularly amongst lower socioeconomic groups. This is evident in the fact that an estimated one in five adults who needed to see a doctor did not do so, with worse access for those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, although cancer screenings in most OECD countries are provided at no cost, the uptake of cancer screenings is also lower amongst poorer individuals.

Read the full report here.

On 28 February 2020, as part of the ILC-UK Prevention in ageing world programme, ILC-UK will be launching new figures on the health and productivity burden of preventable diseases, as well as recommendations for action.