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International Statistics

International information helps compare the UK with health systems in other countries. We provide data to organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Eurostat and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

These organisations require data input from the UK as a whole. We coordinate and aggregate UK-wide information on behalf of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This includes data from a variety of sources including NHS Digital, Department of Health, Office for National Statistics and the devolved administrations.

Resources containing UK health information compiled by NHS Digital include:                  


UK Healthcare Quality

In response to the OECD's Reviews of Health Care Quality - United Kingdom report published in 2016, the lead health and social care government statistician groups in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland collaborated to produce an experimental statistics product. This report is hosted by Information Services Division Scotland (ISD) and draws together a small number of OECD healthcare quality indicators presented for each of the 4 nations. The aim of this experimental product is to allow users to consider the trends in a sub-set of healthcare quality indicators and perhaps more importantly to invite users to suggest how the product might be developed further to meet user needs. Suggestions are most welcome and can be emailed to Pete Whitehouse at Scottish Government.

OECD health database

A source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.


Health at a Glance

The latest comparable data on the performance of health systems in OECD countries.


OECD Health Care Quality Indicators

The Health Care Quality Indicators project is focused on reporting the quality of medical care. The indicators measure health outcomes and health improvement attributable to medical care.


Eurostat routine data on healthcare

Eurostat provides the European Union with European level statistics that enable comparisons between countries and regions. Available health data includes cause of death, health care, health care expenditure, workforce and health status indicators.


WHO Hospital Morbidity database

Contains data on hospital discharge by detailed diagnosis, age and sex for countries in the WHO European Region. It can be used for the analysis and international comparison of morbidity and hospital activity patterns in countries.


WHO European Health for All database

A central database of independent, comparable and up-to-date basic health statistics. It contains time series from 1970 and contains about 600 indicators for the 53 Member States in the WHO European region.


European Community Health Indicator Monitoring

A project that aims to develop and implement health indicators and health monitoring in the EU and all EU Member States. The UK is participating in the collection, which began in September 2010.

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