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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.

 

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Coverage for health care

Health care coverage enables access to medical goods and services and provides financial protection against unexpected or serious illness. While the share of the population covered by a public or private health insurance provides some indication of financial protection, this is not a complete indicator of accessibility, since the range of services covered and the degree of cost sharing applied to those services vary across countries and will impact on direct out-of-pocket expenditure by patients. Ensuring effective access to health care also requires having a sufficient number of health care providers in different geographic regions in the country and that patients do not have to wait excessively long times to receive services.

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