Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2023

This second edition of Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean, prepared jointly by OECD and the World Bank, presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, healthcare resources and utilisation, healthcare expenditure and financing, quality of care, health workforce, and ageing across 33 Latin America and the Caribbean countries. Each of the indicators is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries, and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. This edition of Health at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean also provides thematic analyses on two key topics for building more resilient health in the LAC region: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LAC healthcare systems, and climate change and health.

Published on April 18, 2023Also available in: Portuguese


Reader’s guide
Executive summary
The impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic on Latin American and Caribbean healthcare systems
Climate change and health: Strengthening health systems to promote better health in Latin America and the Caribbean
Health status14 chapters available
Life expectancy at birth
Excess mortality
Infant mortality
Under age 5 mortality
Maternal mortality
Mortality from all causes
Mortality from cardiovascular diseases
Mortality from cancer
Mortality from injuries
Mental health
Mosquito borne diseases
Determinants of health10 chapters available
Family planning
Infant and young child feeding
Child malnutrition
Adolescent health
Overweight and obese adults
Water and sanitation
Road safety
Drug use
Environmental and climate risks
Healthcare resources and activities5 chapters available
Digitalisation of health information
Medical technologies
Hospital care
Pregnancy and birth
Infant and child healthcare
Health expenditure and financing4 chapters available
Health expenditure per capita and in relation to GDP
Financing of healthcare from government and compulsory health insurance schemes
Financing of healthcare from households’ out-of-pocket payments, voluntary payment schemes and external resources
Financial protection
Quality of care4 chapters available
Childhood vaccination programmes
In-hospital mortality following acute myocardial infarction and stroke
Cancer survival
Avoidable hospital admissions
Health workforce4 chapters available
Allied health professionals
Mental healthcare workers
Ageing3 chapters available
Demographic trends
Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at age 65
Long-term and end-of-life care
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