World Burden of Disease
About the Data
Health expenditure, total (% of GDP)
Long definition: 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.
Source:World Health Organization National Health Account database
(for most recent updates see http://apps.who.int/nha/database/DataExplorerRegime.aspx).
Physicians (per 1,000 people)
Long definition: Physicians include generalist and specialist medical practitioners.
Source: World Health Organization, Global Atlas of the Health Workforce.
For latest updates and metadata, see http://apps.who.int/globalatlas/.
Hospital beds (per 1,000 people)
Long definition: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
Source: Data are from the World Health Organization, supplemented by country data.
Completeness of birth registration (%)
Long definition: Completeness of birth registration is the percentage of children under age 5 whose births were registered at the time of the survey. The numerator of completeness of birth registration includes children whose birth certificate was seen by the interviewer or whose mother or caretaker says the birth has been registered.
Source:UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children based mostly on household surveys and ministry of health data.
For observationlevel metadata, please see the online table at http://wdi.worldbank.org/table/2.15 which can be downloaded in Excel.
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