Health at a Glance: Europe 2016

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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This fourth edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents key indicators of health and health systems in the 28 EU countries, 5 candidate countries to the EU and 3 EFTA countries. This 2016 edition contains two main new features: two thematic chapters analyse the links between population health and labour market outcomes, and the important challenge of strengthening primary care systems in European countries; and a new chapter on the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of health systems in Europe, in order to align the content of this publication more closely with the 2014 European Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems. This publication is the result of a renewed collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission under the broader "State of Health in the EU" initiative, designed to support EU member states in their evidence-based policy making.



Avoidable mortality (preventable and amenable)

Improving public health and the performance of health care systems is a key priority across EU countries. One approach to assess the general effectiveness of public health programmes and health care policies, in achieving their objective of improving health outcomes, is through measuring potentially avoidable mortality. This term refers to deaths that might either be avoided through effective preventive strategies or through the provision of high-quality care. Better prevention and health care policies should be reflected in lower numbers of both preventable deaths and deaths amenable to health care.



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