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Public Health (16-11-2012)

Health at a Glance – Europe 2012

On 16 November, European Commission (DG Health and Consumers) jointly with OECD, published the report "Health at a Glance: Europe - 2012". The report presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Some key findings include:

  • Growth in health spending per capita slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all European countries;
  • Life expectancy at birth in EU member states has increased by over 6 years between 1980 and 2010;
  • More than half (52%) of adults in the European Union are now overweight, and 17% are obese;
  • Spending on disease prevention falls by 3.2% in 2010;
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and dementia are increasingly prevalent;
  • Survival rates for different types of cancer have improved in most countries, reflecting earlier detection and greater treatment effectiveness.

The report is available in English. The executive summary is available in all EU official languages on the European Commission's website.

The report: