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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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Mortality from cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of mortality in EU member states after cardiovascular diseases, accounting for 26% of all deaths in 2013. More than 1 300 000 people died of cancer in 2013 across the 28 EU countries. Cancer mortality rates were lowest in Cyprus, Finland, Sweden and Spain, with rates at least 10% lower than the EU average. They were highest in Hungary, Croatia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Denmark, with rates at least 10% higher than the EU average ().

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