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 at a Glance: Europe 2010 presents key indicators of health and health systems in 31 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, three EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), and Turkey. It builds on the format used in the OECD’s previous editions of Health at a Glance to provide comparable information on important public health issues in Europe. The indicators have been selected on the basis of the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist (European Commission, 2010a; ECHIM, 2010). However, in some instances, this report deviates from the formal ECHI definitions because of issues related to data availability and comparability. Detailed information is also provided in this publication on health expenditure and financing trends, based on the OECD’s long-standing data collection in this area. All indicators are presented in the form of easy-to-read figures and explanatory text.


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