DG SANTE in collaboration with OECD publishes ‘Health at a Glance: Europe’

06/12/2016 News Europe , Policy 1862 Views

As a first step in the Commission’s State of Health in the EU cycle, the ‘Health at a Glance: Europe 2016’ report was published in November 2016. The report was developed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with cooperation from the Commission. It provides an updated analysis of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of health systems.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, underlined that: “The Health at a Glance report provides useful information for Member States to shape their actions on health across all policies. It shows that in the EU many people die every year from potentially avoidable diseases linked to risk factors such as smoking or obesity. It also highlights the need to continue our efforts in making sure that healthcare becomes more accessible. The report represents the flagship of the partnership between the Commission and the OECD to develop country-specific and cross-country knowledge on health and health systems, as the first step of the ‘State of Health in the EU’.”

Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), added: “Many more lives could be saved if the standards of care were raised to the best level across EU countries. More needs to be done to reduce inequalities in access and quality of care, and European health systems must become more efficient in channelling resources where they have the most impact on health outcomes, including on prevention.”

The 2016 report includes two chapters on political priorities: the labour market impacts of behavioral risk factors and related chronic diseases, and the strengthening of primary care systems.

The report is available here.

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