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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.

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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 around 35 000 people in 2011. In addition to these deaths, about 250 000 people were seriously injured in road accidents. The direct and indirect financial costs of transport accidents are substantial: estimations range from 1 to 3% of GDP annually (OECD/ITF, 2014).

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