Health at a Glance: Europe 2010

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This special edition of Health at a Glance focuses on health issues across the 27 European Union member states, three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Turkey. It gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries.Its 42 indicators present comparable data covering a wide range of topics, including health status, risk factors,  health workforce and health expenditure.

Each indicator in the book is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context within which health systems operate.   

This publication is the result of collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission, with the help of national data correspondents from the 31 countries.



Health Expenditure Per Capita

In 2008, Norway recorded the highest spending per person on health goods and services among European countries at about EUR 4 300 (Figure 4.1.1) – almost twice the average of European Union countries. This was nonetheless far below the health spending per capita in the United States. Switzerland, Luxembourg and Austria were the next highest spending countries in Europe. Most northern and western European countries spent between EUR PPP 2 500 and 3 500 per person, that is, between 10% and 60% more than the EU average. Those countries spending below the EU average are eastern and southern European countries such as Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary.


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