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Greece vs. EU and USA: Health care

haag.jpgThe Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) publishes a comprehensive annual report and analysis called “OECD Health Data” in July.

OECD countries in this report include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA.

A concentrated version called “Health at a Glance 2007” was published this week, which is where these graphs were sourced and now presented without the analysis. It covers a variety of statistics on insurance, lifestyle influences (smoking, alcohol, road accidents), salaries for doctors and nurses, hospital care and government spending.

*Health care in Greece has worsened since this survey. Unpaid debts to pharmacies, hospitals and suppliers have forced providers to shut down or severely alter services; and many residents can no longer afford basic health care due to rising costs and unemployment.

Notes

Countries absent from a graph were excluded by OECD, either because data was not available or the data/survey was somehow tainted, skewed or inappropriately answered.

All graphs are presented as clickable images that will enlarge, since shrinking them only made them unreadable. You have the option to use the OECD link above, however the report is embedded in 50 pages and graphs are presented the same way. Here, you have them all at your fingertips and can choose only the ones that interest you.

1. Demographics

1-1: Population

Total population
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Annual growth
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Aged population
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1-2: Birth rate

Overall rate
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Age entering motherhood
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1-3: Gross domestic product (GDP)

Overall
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Growth
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2. Health Status

2-1: Life expectancy

By gender
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Rate of increase
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Longevity vs. GDP
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2-2: Disability trends in people over 65

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2-3: Premature death rate by gender

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2-4: Death from heart disease and stroke

Heart disease
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Stroke
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2-5: Death from cancer

Lung cancer
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Breast cancer
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Prostate cancer
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2-6: Death from road accidents

By population
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By gender
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Rate of increase
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2-7: Suicide rates

By population
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By gender
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Rate of increase
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2-8: Infant mortality

Overall rate
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Rate of increase
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2-9: Infant low birth weight

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2-10: Child dental health

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2-11: Perceived health status

Overall rate
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By gender
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2-12: Death by AIDS

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3. Lifestyle determinants of health

3-1: Smoking

Overall rate
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By gender
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Rate of increase
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Number of cancer-related deaths
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3-2: Alcohol consumption

Overall rate
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Rate of increase
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Liver cirrhosis
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3-3: Being overweight and obesity

Overall rate
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By gender
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Rate of increase
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4. Health care resources and utilization

4-1: Medical and nursing graduates

Number of medical graduates
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Number of nursing graduates
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4-2: Practicing physicians

Number of private/public doctors in practice
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Rate of increase
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General practitioners vs. specialists
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4-3: Practicing nurses

Overall number
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Rate of increase
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Ratio of doctors to nurses
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4-4: Salaries of doctors and nurses (GDP)

Public vs. private doctors
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Renumeration vs. density
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Salaries of nurses
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4-5: Hospital beds (acute care)

Availability per capita
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Occupancy rate
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4-6: Hospital beds (long-term)

Availability per capita
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Occupancy rate
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4-7: Medical technology

MRI
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CT scanners
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Radiation therapy
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4-8: Consultations with doctors

Overall number
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Rate of increase
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Number per doctor
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4-9: Hospital discharges (omitted)

4-10: Length of hospital stay

Acute care
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AMI
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Overall average
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4-11: Cardiovascular procedures

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4-12: Treatment of renal conditions

Number with renal failure
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Rate of increase
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Number of dialysis patients
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Number of kidney transplants
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4-13: Caesarean sections

Overall rate
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Rate of increase
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4-14: Cataract surgeries

Inpatient
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Day cases
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4-15: Pharmaceutical consumption:

Antidiabetics
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Antidepressants
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Anticholesterols
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Antibiotics
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5. Health care spending

5-1: Expenditure per capita (public/private)

Overall rate
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Rate of growth
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5-2: Expenditure vs. GDP

Private vs. public
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Actual consumption
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5-3: Expenditure by function

Overall
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Curative-rehabilitative
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Public health and prevention
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5-4: Pharmaceutical expenditure

Per capita
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Percentage of GDP
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Annual growth rate
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5-5: Financing of health care

Public share and sources
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Public share of pharmaceuticals/services
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Out-of-pocket/private share
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5-6: Health insurance coverage

Total
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Private coverage
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6. Quality of health care

The quality of health care section provided limited information and did not include more than a few countries, either because data was not available or the survey was not completed correctly. Therefore, I omitted this data. (Greece was not included, in case you’re wondering).

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November 17, 1973: Athens Polytechnic Uprising

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One of the busiest days of the year for Greek police is November 17, a historical day commemorated with protest marches in Thessaloniki and Athens, ending at the American Embassy and U.S Consulate.

It is a day to remember an uprising by Athens Polytechnic students against the military junta’s dictatorship, which ended in the early morning of November 17 when a tank plowed down the university’s steel gate to silence those barricaded inside.

It is a day to remember those left dead or injured by snipers in its bloody aftermath.

It is a day to remember how the impassioned efforts of a few can spark change for the greater good of a nation.

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Famous bands from my California hometown

My connection with Thessaloniki grows stronger after being named Stathis‘ “favourite American in Athens” and finding out Dio of “Hate City” is from near my hometown. And speaking of hometown, how about a showcase of artists from the City by the Bay?

Or are you only here for stories about Greece? 🙁

Dead Kennedys: Political punk at its best, sparking censorship debates in the 70s and 80s. There’s always room for Jello (Biafra, that is).

“Holiday in Cambodia” (San Francisco, 1980)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkaH2OVhPug]

The Grateful Dead: Improvisational icons of the psychedelic era, with a cult-like following of Deadheads dedicated to cosmic consciousness.

“It’s all over now, baby blue”
Cover of a Dylan song
(Oakland, 1990)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1AFFQ8zn60]

Green Day: Unpretentious teenagers who took alternative punk rock to the streets, stayed true to goof and grit, won a Grammy. I miss the mosh pit!

“Welcome to Paradise” (East Bay/Berkeley, 1994)
[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=4wR0yvoWpkM]

Chris Isaak: Moody bluester cavorting with models and collaborating with David Lynch.

“Wicked Game” (Stockton, 1989)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oaHHrNQVrg]

Journey: Pioneers of the power ballad, kings of stadium concerts and inspiration for a generation of air guitarists. (Woo, look at the fro on Neal!)

“Anytime” (San Francisco, 1978)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XzPaMJB7j8]

Metallica: Speed metal masters grow up to be some kind of monsters.

“Nothing Else Matters” (L.A./San Francisco, 1991)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P–1elQwRE]

Primus: Self-deprecating re-inventors of prog and absurdity.

“Jerry was a race car driver” (El Sobrante, 1991)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBQ2305fLeA]

Santana: Global rock guitar stylist morphs from group to solo artist, mambo to jazzy pop, still going strong after almost 40 years.

“Oye Como Va” (San Francisco, 1970)
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3XSXvas7wY]

Joe Satriani: Highly skilled showman and mentor of Kirk Hammett and Steve Vai.

“Time” (NY/Berkeley, 1998)
[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=jh-9il2Lw38]

Tupac: Gangsta rapper from the mean streets lives on in legends, RIP.

“California Love” (L.A./Marin, 1996)
[youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=5j6HmGzj3EQ]

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