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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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Patient safety remains one of the most prominent issues in health policy and public debate. The European Commission estimates that without any policy changes, there are likely to be 10 million adverse events related to hospitalisations (including infection-related ones) in the European Union per year, of which almost 4.4 million would be preventable (European Commission, 2008). The European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care, PaSQ Joint Action, was launched in 2012 to create a permanent platform for future co-operation between member states in the area of patient safety and quality of care.

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