Politiques et données sur la santé


Health at a Glance: Europe 2020

State of Health in the EU Cycle

The 2020 edition of Health at a Glance: Europe focuses on the impact of the COVID‑19 crisis. Chapter 1 provides an initial assessment of the resilience of European health systems to the COVID-19 pandemic and their ability to contain and respond to the worst pandemic in the past century. Chapter 2 reviews the huge health and welfare burden of air pollution as another major public health issue in European countries, and highlights the need for sustained efforts to reduce air pollution to mitigate its impact on health and mortality. The five other chapters provide an overview of key indicators of health and health systems across the 27 EU member states, 5 EU candidate countries, 3 European Free Trade Association countries and the United Kingdom. Health at a Glance: Europe is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle.

Published on November 19, 2020

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Executive summary
Readers’ guide
Statistical annex
Thematic chapters on public health issues2 chapters available
How resilient have European health systems been to the COVID‑19 crisis?
Air pollution and its impact on health in Europe: Why it matters and how the health sector can reduce its burden
Health status12 chapters available
Trends in life expectancy
Inequalities in life expectancy
Healthy life expectancy at birth and at age 65
Main causes of mortality
Mortality from circulatory diseases
Cancer incidence and mortality
Infant health
Notified cases of vaccine-preventable diseases
Child and adolescent health
Adult mental health
Chronic diseases and disabilities among older people
Diabetes prevalence
Risk factors9 chapters available
Tobacco and cannabis smoking among children and adolescents
Smoking among adults
Alcohol consumption among children and adolescents
Alcohol consumption among adults
Illicit drug consumption among adults
Nutrition among children and adolescents
Physical activity among children and adolescents
Overweight and obesity among children and adolescents
Obesity among adults
Health expenditure and financing8 chapters available
Health expenditure per capita
Health expenditure in relation to GDP
Financing of health expenditure
Health expenditure by type of good and service
Expenditure on primary health care
Health expenditure by provider
Pharmaceutical expenditure
Capital expenditure in the health sector
Effectiveness: Quality of care and patient experience13 chapters available
Avoidable mortality (preventable and treatable)
Childhood vaccinations
Vaccination against influenza among people aged 65 and over
People-reported experience and quality of health care
Avoidable hospital admissions
Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
Mortality following stroke
Waiting times for hip fracture surgery
Breast cancer outcomes
Incidence, survival and mortality for lung cancer
Screening and survival for colorectal cancer
Health care-associated infections
Safe prescribing
Accessibility: Affordability, availability and use of services12 chapters available
Unmet health care needs
Financial hardship and out-of-pocket expenditure
Population coverage for health care
Extent of health care coverage
Availability of doctors
Consultations with doctors
Availability of dentists and consultations with dentists
Availability of nurses
Use of diagnostic technologies
Hospital beds and discharges
Average length of stay in hospital
Waiting times for elective surgery
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