Health at a Glance: Europe 2016
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Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.

 

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Most health systems have developed a primary level of care whose functions include health promotion, disease prevention, managing new health issues, managing chronic conditions, and referring patients to hospital-based services when appropriate (see ). This primary level serves as a consistent point of care for patients and provides continuity in health management including chronic disease management. As rates of chronic conditions rise across EU countries, managing these conditions at the primary level becomes increasingly important to improve health outcomes and control costs.

 
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