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Total health employment refers to the number of full-time equivalent persons employed (including self-employed) in health services, including 'contracted out' staff and excluding pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing employees.

Administrative staff, private for-profit and non-profit medical benefit insurers are included.

Health professionals working outside health services are excluded (e.g. physicians employed in industry).

Full-time equivalent conversions vary across countries but are taken, unless otherwise noted, to be 35 hours or more per week.

The following classes of the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) Rev. 3 are involved.

8511 - Hospital activities
8512 - Medical and dental practice activities
8519 - Other human health activities
5231 - Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles
5239 - Other retail sales not elsewhere classified
7512 - Regulation of the activities of agencies that provide health care education, cultural services and other social services excluding social security
7530 - Compulsory social security activities
6603 - Non-life insurance.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods

Classification Indicator: Classification

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, March 4, 2003