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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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Mortality from transport accidents

Injuries from transport accidents – most of which are due to road traffic – are a major public health problem in the European Union, causing the premature deaths of some 40 000 people every year. In addition to these deaths, more than 1.5 million people are estimated to be so seriously injured as to require hospital admission each year (OECD/ITF, 2011a). Around 4 000-5 000 transport accident deaths occurred in each of France, Germany, Italy and Poland in 2010.

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