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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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Unmet health care needs

Accessibility to health care can be limited for a number of reasons, including cost, distance to the closest health facility and waiting times. Unmet care needs may result in poorer health for people forgoing care and may increase health inequalities if such unmet needs are concentrated among poor people. As noted by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, there are many challenges in measuring unmet needs for particular interventions, but the data from the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions survey (EU-SILC) are the only timely and comparable source of information available across all Member States (Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, 2018).

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