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Health at a Glance: Europe 2012

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This second edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union.  It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas. Each indicator is presented in a user-friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, a brief descriptive analysis highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicator and any limitations in data comparability.

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Avoidable admissions: Uncontrolled diabetes

The health and economic burden of diabetes continues to rise. Across the European Union there are an estimated 31 million adults living with diabetes and many people remain undiagnosed (Mladovsky et al., 2009). Diabetes leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney disease, lower limb amputation and mortality. Across Europe, the treatment and management of diabetes has been estimated to account for approximately 10% of total health care expenditure (Zhang et al., 2010).

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