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    Healthy life years and life expectancy at birth, by sex  

    The duration in years a person of a certain age can expect to live free of disability. Healthy life years serves as a benchmark for health in terms of work productivity and economic factors, the quality of life and the performance of healthcare systems.

    Life expectancy at birth

    "The average number of years that a newborn could expect to live, if he or she were to pass through life exposed to the sex- and age-specific death rates prevailing at the time of his or her birth, for a specific year, in a given country, territory, or geographic area."
    Retrieved from, http://apps.who.int/gho/indicatorregistry/App_Main/view_indicator.aspx?i..., 12.08.2014

    How would you rate the quality of health services?

    This indicator is based on a question surveying the quality of the national health care system. Respondents choose on scale of one to ten, with 10 being of very high quality and 1 being of very low quality. The other two non-numerical options are "don't know" and "refusal."

    Health expenditure, total (% of GDP)

    Indicator states total spending in a country on health as a proportion of its GDP. Total health expenditure is the sum of public and private health expenditure. It covers the provision of health services (preventive and curative), family planning activities, nutrition activities, and emergency aid designated for health but does not include provision of water and sanitation.
    (World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.TOTL.ZS, 15-01-2015)

    Difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost of seing the doctor

    The indicator measures difficulty in seeing a doctor because of cost being prohibitive. Respondents can choose from "very difficult", "a little difficult" to "not difficult at all."

    Retrieved from,
    http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/pubdocs/2012/64/..., 06.12.14

    Quality of national health service

    Participants were asked to grade the quality of health services in their country on a scale of 1 to 10, with "10" ranked best and "1" ranked worst. Other answers included refusal to answer or do not know.

    EQLS, 2012
    (http://eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/surveys/eqls/201...)

    Net social protection as a percentage of GDP

    "Net social protection benefits are defined as the value of social protection benefits excluding taxes and social contributions paid by the benefits recipients. They are complemented by the value of “Fiscal benefits” provided in the form of tax breaks that would be defined as social protection benefits, if they were provided in cash. Tax breaks promoting the provision of social protection or promoting private insurance plans are excluded.

    Number of Physicians per Thousand People

    The indicator measures the number of physicians available for 1,000 people. Physicians include generalists and specialists.

    Retrieved from, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.MED.PHYS.ZS, 12.08.2014

    Public Expenditure on Health Prevention

    Public expenditure on prevention and public health services as a percentage of total expenditure of health.

    Human Development Index (HDI

    The Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. (http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-index-hdi)

    Legatum Prosperity Index

    The Prosperity Index is a global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing. The Index analysed the countries across 8 sub-indices – Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety & Security, Personal Freedom and Social Capital.

    Infant mortality rate (0-1 year) per 1,000 live births

    The infant mortality rate is the probability (expressed as a rate per 1,000 live births) of a child born in a specified year dying before reaching the age of one if subject to current age-specific mortality rates.

    Genuine Progress Index (GPI)

    A metric used to measure the economic growth of a country. It is often considered as a replacement to the more well known gross domestic product (GDP) economic indicator. The GPI indicator takes everything the GDP uses into account, but also adds other figures that represent the cost of the negative effects related to economic activity (such as the cost of crime, cost of ozone depletion and cost of resource depletion, among others). The GPI nets the positive and negative results of economic growth to examine whether or not it has benefited people overall.