Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs

Health at a Glance: Europe 2014

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Published on December 03, 2014


This third edition of Health at a Glance: Europe presents a set of key indicators related to health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, access to care, and health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 28 European Union member states, four candidate countries and three EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. This is complemented by additional indicators on quality of care, access to care and health expenditure, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Compared with the previous edition, this third edition includes a greater number of ECHI indicators, reflecting progress in the availability of comparable data in the areas of non-medical determinants of health and access to care. It also includes a new chapter dedicated to access to care, including selected indicators on financial access, geographic access and timely access.


Executive summary
Reader's guide
Health status15 chapters available
Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth
Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at age 65
Mortality from all causes
Mortality from heart disease and stroke
Mortality from cancer
Mortality from transport accidents
Infant mortality
Infant health: Low birth weight
Self-reported health and disability
Incidence of selected communicable diseases
Cancer incidence
Diabetes prevalence and incidence
Dementia prevalence
Determinants of health6 chapters available
Smoking among adults
Alcohol consumption among adults
Use of illicit drugs among adults
Fruit and vegetable consumption among adults
Overweight and obesity among adults
Air pollution
Health care resources and activities11 chapters available
Consultations with doctors
Medical technologies: CT scanners and MRI units
Hospital beds
Hospital discharges
Average length of stay in hospitals
Cardiac procedures
Cataract surgeries
Hip and knee replacement
Pharmaceutical consumption
Quality of care10 chapters available
Avoidable hospital admissions
Prescribing in primary care
Mortality following acute myocardial infarction
Mortality following stroke
Procedural or postoperative complications
Screening, survival and mortality for cervical cancer
Screening, survival and mortality for breast cancer
Screening, survival and mortality for colorectal cancer
Childhood vaccination programmes
Influenza vaccination for older people
Access to care5 chapters available
Coverage for health care
Out-of-pocket medical expenditure
Geographic distribution of doctors
Unmet health care needs
Waiting times for elective surgery
Health expenditure and financing7 chapters available
Health expenditure per capita
Health expenditure in relation to GDP
Health expenditure by function
Pharmaceutical expenditure
Financing of health care
Trade in health services
Statistical annex
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