Health at a Glance: Europe 2014

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This third edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators related to health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, access to care, and health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 28 European Union member states, four candidate countries and three EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. This is complemented by additional indicators on quality of care, access to care and health expenditure, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Compared with the previous edition, this third edition includes a greater number of ECHI indicators, reflecting progress in the availability of comparable data in the areas of non-medical determinants of health and access to care. It also includes a new chapter dedicated to access to care, including selected indicators on financial access, geographic access and timely access.



The number of doctors per capita varies widely across European countries. In 2012, Greece had, by far, the highest number, with 6.2 doctors per 1 000 population, nearly twice the EU average of 3.4. Following Greece was Austria, with 4.9 doctors per 1 000 population. The number of doctors per capita was also relatively high in Lithuania and Portugal (although the number reported in Portugal is an overestimation as it comprises all doctors licensed to practice, including some who may not be practising). The number of doctors per capita was lowest in Poland, Romania and Slovenia among EU member states ().



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