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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.

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Résumé

Les pays européens ont accompli d’importants progrès en matière de santé au cours des dernières décennies. Dans les pays de l’Union européenne, l’espérance de vie à la naissance a augmenté de six ans depuis 1980, tandis que la mortalité précoce a fortement reculé. Si l’amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail, ainsi que de certains comportements vis-à-vis de la santé, a joué un rôle majeur dans l’augmentation de la longévité, les progrès de la médecine doivent également être salués. Les systèmes de santé dans les pays européens occupent une place de plus en plus importante et les dépenses consacrées aux soins de santé n’ont jamais été aussi élevées, représentant une part croissante du revenu national.

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