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New OECD Report highlights Irish health outcomes are among the worst in the West

5 November 2015

New OECD Report highlights Irish health outcomes are among the worst in the West

This new edition of ‘Health at a Glance’ presents the most recent comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries.  This edition includes a new set of dashboards of health indicators to summarise in a clear and user-friendly way the relative strengths and weaknesses of OECD countries on different key indicators of health and health system performance.  Ireland ranks in the bottom third internationally in many of the measures of health performance contained in the Report.  We have the worst rates of asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) of 32 countries surveyed, and rank 24th for rates of stroke deaths.  Ireland is sixth for the incidence of all cancers and seventh for breast cancer.  Ireland also features in the bottom third of countries for the number of doctors and hospital beds; adult obesity; alcohol consumption; and female life expectancy at age 65.

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