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.


Population coverage for health care

The share of the population covered by a public or private scheme provides some indication of the financial protection against the costs associated with health care, but this is not a complete indicator of affordability as the range of services covered and the degree of cost-sharing applied to those services also matter. These three dimensions – the “breadth”, “depth” and “height” of coverage – define how comprehensive health care coverage is in a country. The indicator presented here on population coverage looks at the first dimension only, whereas the next indicator on the extent of health care coverage takes a broader look at these three dimensions together.



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