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Efficiency estimates of health care systems

Author(s): João Medeiros, Christoph Schwierz

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Health care spending has been rising faster than national income throughout the EU for decades and is projected to continue doing so as a result of population ageing. However, this paper estimates that there is substantial scope to improve the efficiency of Europe's health care systems and that this could halt the rise in health care expenditure as a proportion of GDP over the long term.

(European Economy. Economic Papers 549. June 2015. PDF. 40pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-15-549-EN-N (online)KC-AI-15-549-EN-C (print)
ISBN 978-92-79-44820-1 (online)ISBN 978-92-79-44821-8 (print)
doi: 10.2765/49924 (online)doi: 10.2765/82810 (print)

JEL classification: I12, I18, C51

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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