19 de set. 2013

is there any relation between life expectancy and health expenditure? OCDE Health data


Health spending continues to stagnate: Health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis according to the new data published by OECD.
  • Greece, overall health spending dropped by 11% both in 2010 and 2011 after a yearly growth rate of more than 5% on average between 2000 and 2009. 
  • Ireland, Iceland and Spain also experienced two consecutive years of negative growth in health spending. 
  • Estonia and the Czech Republic, saw severe falls in spending in 2010 followed by a modest rebound in 2011. 
  • Portugal and Italy, may have delayed cuts in 2010, but then reduced public health spending in 2011.
  • Only two OECD countries – Israel and Japan – have seen an acceleration in health spending since 2009 compared with the period before. 
ACCES:  OECD Health Data 2013.
ACCES:  On-line database

Interesting to acces to the interactive charts about Life Expentancy, Health Expenditure, and Health Risks (smoking, alcohol). You can compare a single country with the OECD average.
Play a little bit with Spain.

ACCES:  Health Data Visualisations

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5 de set. 2013

The Technology sector in Catalonia. Baròmetre del Sector Tecnològic a Catalunya 2013

The Technology Sector in Catalonia 2013 is the fifth edition of this report. It provides comprehensive analysis of the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field. The nation’s ICT is well-consolidated and now has the potential to become one of Catalonia’s strategic sectors and growth drivers.

Some conclusions:
  • While the crisis has affected the sector, the ICT field has fared much better than other industries.
  • Internationalisation is a necessity, not an alternative. The firms that are internationalising, their markets have shrunk less and they are less dependent on public administration contracts. Furthermore, 43.6% of internationalising firms have seen a significant rise in their workforces whereas for non-international firms, this figure is 32.3%. The former have also experienced marked growth in both the number of their clients and turnover.
  • The crisis has directly affected R&D but the outlook for 2013 appears to be brighter, especially for the internationalising firms, which envisage spending more on it this year. There is also a slight drop in the number of companies not carrying out R&D. Even so, universities have been particularly hard-hit by cuts in research. There seem to be more university-company technology transfers and collaboration, although there is still much to be done, especially with regards to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and micro-firms.
  • The areas identified by the sector in 2013 as the technologies of the future were mobile computing, cloud computing and smart cities.
  • Two major sectorial weaknesses are that many firms cater to the domestic market and that this has shrunk. Hurdles to internationalisation and the sectors lack of lobbying power are further weaknesses.
  • Two major strengths are the Barcelona Brand and Catalan research capabilities. The competitiveness of firms, talents and staff are also plus points.
  • Major threats are: lack of funding to drive the growth of new but well-established firms; the ‘brain drain’ caused by the crisis; a falling share in strategic sectors such as Health.
  • With regard to opportunities, the sector stresses the hopes pinned on Mobile World Capital, and on the fact that Catalonia is a leader in areas such as Health, Smart Cities, Online Banking; Cultural Content.
Accés al document  Català, Castellà, English Report /Informe 2013
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