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Health and Medical Level in Korea by OECD Statistics

  • Date : 2019-07-23
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Health and Medical Level in Korea by OECD Statistics

- OECD announced 「Health Statistics 2019」Results -

The Ministry of Health and Welfare(Minister Park Neung Hoo) announced analytic data of the Korea's health and medical conditions among OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development - members based on the main indicators of the [OECD Health Statistics 2019] released by the OECD.

These statistics are used for national level comparison and national policy basic data as they can be compared on the same basis. The statistics data was prepared by OECD as of 2017 and announced on July 2, 2019.

According to the main analysis contents from [OECD Health Statistics 2019] prepared as of 2017,

The life expectancy at birth for South Korea is continuously increasing. The statistics also showed that the life expectancy for 2017 was 82.7 years which is higher than average life expectancy at birth of 80.7 years for OECD members.

Also, the proportion of overweight and obese population in South Korea was 33.7%, remarkable lower than the average overweight and obese population of 59.3% for OECD members. On the other hand, while smoking rate (17.5%) and alcohol consumption amount (8.7ℓ) continuously decreased, the figures were similar to OECD members’ average smoking rate (16.3%) and alcohol consumption amount (8.9ℓ).

In regard to practicing physicians, South Korea had 2.3 practicing physicians per 1,000 population and 6.9 practicing nurses per 1,000 populations. Such figures were lower than OECD members’ average on 3.4 practicing physicians per 1,000 populations and 9.0 practicing nurses per 1,000 populations. In contrary, South Korea had 12.3 total hospital beds (per 1,000 populations, higher than OECD members’ average total hospital beds of 4.7 per 1,000 populations.

For the number of doctors consultations per capita, doctors consultations per capita was 16.6 times in South Korea, significantly higher than the average of 7.1 times for OECD members. In addition, the average length of stay (all hospitals) per person was 18.5 days for South Korea, 2 times higher than OECD members’ average length of stay (all hospitals) of 8.2 days. Furthermore, South Korea spent 7.6% of GDP on health, lower than the average of 8.8% for OECD members.

Also, while South Korea demonstrated the percentage of 8.3% in ratio of long-term care recipients over 65, lower than the average of 12.5% for OECD members, the ratio of long-term care recipients over 65 is likely to increase due to rapid aging and strengthening of long-term care system.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare plans to utilize the OECD Health Statistics 2019 to identify the position of South Korea’s healthcare in the international society and to improve the healthcare system.


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