Overview: International health data comparisons, 2018

Comparing health and health care data between countries facilitates international comparative reporting, supports policy planning and decision-making, and enables health-related research and analysis.

The interactive data visualisations across these web pages allow you to compare data from 36 Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) member countries across a range of health and health care indicators, with a focus on Australia’s international performance.

The visualisation on this page provides a snapshot of Australia’s health and health care performance in comparison with the OECD average and with other OECD countries.

Additional pages allow you to compare a wider range of indicators across OECD countries at a glance, across the following themes:

  • life expectancy, mortality and causes of death
  • health status and morbidity
  • long-term care
  • health risk factors
  • pharmaceutical market
  • remuneration of health professionals
  • health insurance
  • waiting times for elective surgery.

How does Australia’s health compare to other OECD countries?

Click through the icons at the top of the visualisation to change the set of indicators presented.

In 2017 (or based on the nearest available year of data):

  • Australia’s life expectancy at birth was 82.5 years—above the OECD average of 80.6 years, and 6th highest among OECD countries. The highest life expectancy at birth was in Japan, where babies could expect to live 84.1 years at birth
  • the incidence of cancer (all malignant neoplasms) was second highest in Australia among 36 OECD countries (at 323 cases per 100,000 persons)
  • Australia was among 20 OECD countries in which 100% of the total population was covered by public or private health insurance
  • the median waiting time from specialist assessment to treatment for hysterectomy in Australia was above the OECD average, at 55 days, compared with the 50 day average.