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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 presents comparative analyses of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of the health systems of the 28 EU Member States, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. It is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle of knowledge brokering. This publication has two parts. Part I comprises two thematic chapters, the first focusing on the need for concerted efforts to promote better mental health, the second outlining possible strategies for reducing wasteful spending in health. In Part II, the most recent trends in key indicators of health status, risk factors and health spending are presented, together with a discussion of progress in improving the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of European health systems.

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Health expenditure by type of good and service

A variety of factors, from disease burden and system priorities to organisational aspects and costs, help determine the share of spending on the various types of health care goods and services. In 2016, EU member states spent three-fifths of their health expenditure on curative and rehabilitative care services, 20% went on medical goods (mainly pharmaceuticals), while 13% was on health-related long-term care. The remaining 7% was spent on collective services, such as prevention and public health as well as the governance and administration of health care systems.

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