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Health at a Glance: Europe 2010: (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264090316)

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This special edition of Health at a Glance focuses on health issues across the 27 European Union member states, three European Free Trade Association countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Turkey. It gives readers a better understanding of the factors that affect the health of populations and the performance of health systems in these countries. Its 42 indicators present comparable data covering a wide range of topics, including health status, risk factors,  health workforce and health expenditure.

Each indicator in the book is presented in a user‐friendly format, consisting of charts illustrating variations across countries and over time, brief descriptive analyses highlighting the major findings conveyed by the data, and a methodological box on the definition of the indicators and any limitations in data comparability. An annex provides additional information on the demographic and economic context within which health systems operate.   

This publication is the result of collaboration between the OECD and the European Commission, with the help of national data correspondents from the 31 countries.


Executive Summary



Chapter 1. Health Status

‐1.1. Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth

‐1.2. Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at age 65

‐1.3. Mortality from all causes

‐1.4. Mortality from heart disease and stroke

‐1.6. Mortality from  cancer

‐1.7. Mortality from transport accidents

‐1.8. Infant mortality

‐1.9. Infant health: Low birth weight

‐1.10. Self‐reported health and disability

‐1.11. Incidence of selected communicable diseases (Measles, Pertussis, Hepatitus B)

‐1.12. HIV/AIDS

‐1.13. Cancer incidence

‐1.14. Diabetes prevalence and incidence

‐1.15. Dementia prevalences

Chapter 2. Determinants of Health

‐2.1. Smoking and alcohol consumption among children

‐2.2. Nutrition among children

‐2.3. Physical activity among children

‐2.4. Overweight and obesity among children

‐2.5. Supply of fruits and vegetables for consumption

‐2.6. Tobacco consumption among adults

‐2.7. Alcohol consumption among adults

‐2.8. Overweight and obesity among adults

Chapter 3. Health Care Resources, Services, and Outcomes

‐3.1. Practising physicians

‐3.2. Practising nurses

‐3.3. Childhood vaccination programmes

‐3.4. Influenza vaccination for older people

‐3.5. Medical technologies: CT scanners and MRI units

‐3.6. Hospital beds

‐3.7. Hospital discharges

‐3.8. Average length of stay in hospitals

‐3.9. Cardiac procedures (coronary angioplasty)

‐3.10. Cataract surgeries

‐3.11. Hip and knee replacement

‐3.12. Screening, survival and mortality for cervical cancer

‐3.13. Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer

Chapter 4. Health Expenditures and Financing

‐4.1. Health expenditures per capita

‐4.2. Health expenditure in relation to GDP

‐4.3. Health expenditure by function

‐4.4. Pharmaceutical expenditure

‐4.5. Financing of health care

‐4.6. Trade in health services


Annex A. Additional Information on Demographic and Economic Context

‐A.1. Total population

‐A.2. Share of population aged 65 and over, 1960‐2008

‐A.3. Crude birth rate per 1000 population, 1960‐2008

‐A.4. Fertility rate, number of children per woman aged 15‐49, 1960‐2008

‐A.5. GDP per capita in 2008 and average annual growth rates, 1970‐2008
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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