The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) annually tracks and reports on a wide range of health system measures across 34 high-income countries, from population health status to health care spending and utilization. This analysis examined 2015 OECD health data for 13 countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This brief presents OECD data for the year 2013 or, if not available, for 2012 or 2011. The median for all available OECD countries is included in Exhibits 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 11; it is excluded for some indicators because of incompleteness of data. All currency amounts are listed in . dollars (USD) and adjusted for national differences in cost of living.
Data are also included from a report by the International Federation of Health Plans (2013) on prices of hospital procedures and diagnostic tests; an analysis by Kanavos and colleagues (2013) on branded drug prices and spending, originally published in Health Affairs ; results from the Commonwealth Fund 2013 and 2014 International Health Policy Surveys, which were published in Health Affairs ; an analysis by Stevens and colleagues (2015) on cancer mortality, originally published in Health Affairs ; and a book by Bradley and Taylor (2013), The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less, on social services and health.