Key figures

Health expenditure in the EU accounts for around 10% of GDP and almost 15% of public spending.

The health and social sector workforce accounts for 10% of all jobs in the EU.

Employment in the sector continues to grow with around 8 million job openings projected up to 2020.

20 million Europeans received medical treatment in another EU country in 2010.

Differences in life expectancy at birth across the EU Member States: from 8 years for women to 12 years for men.

Major and chronic diseases are responsible for 87% of deaths in the EU (2009).

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