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Health at a Glance: Europe 2022

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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The 2022 edition of Health at a Glance: Europe examines the key challenges European countries must address to develop stronger, more resilient health systems following the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a special focus on how the pandemic has affected young people’s mental and physical health. The report emphasises the need for additional measures to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from scarring a generation of young people. This edition of Health at a Glance: Europe also assesses the pandemic’s disruption of a wide range of health services for non-COVID patients, as well as the policy responses European countries deployed to minimise the adverse consequences of these disruptions. It also addresses a number of important behavioural and environmental risk factors that have a major impact on people’s health and mortality, highlighting the need to put a greater focus on the prevention of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

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Population coverage for health care

The share of the population covered by a public or private scheme provides an important measure of access to care and the financial protection against the costs associated with health care. The COVID‑19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of universal health coverage as a key element for the resilience of health systems, as gaps in insurance coverage and high levels of out-of-pocket payments may deter people from seeking care, and thus contribute to virus transmission. Higher population coverage through public and primary private health insurance have been associated with lower COVID‑19 death and lower excess mortality in EU and other OECD countries (OECD, forthcoming[1]).

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