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Health at a Glance: Europe 2022

State of Health in the EU Cycle

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.

Published on December 05, 2022

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Readers’ guide
Executive summary
Key facts and figures (infographic)
Statistical annex
Thematic chapters on public health issues2 chapters available
Coping with COVID‑19: Young people’s health in an age of disruption
Dealing with backlogs: Disruptions in non-COVID care during the pandemic
Health status9 chapters available
Trends in life expectancy
Healthy life expectancy at birth and at age 65
COVID‑19 mortality and excess mortality
Main causes of mortality
Mortality from circulatory diseases
Mortality from cancer
Adult mental health
Prevalence of diabetes and asthma
Chronic diseases and disabilities among older people
Risk factors9 chapters available
Tobacco and cannabis smoking among adolescents
Smoking among adults
Alcohol consumption among adolescents
Alcohol consumption among adults
Illicit drug consumption among adults
Nutrition among adults
Physical activity among adults
Overweight and obesity among adults
Mortality due to air pollution
Health expenditure and financing7 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
Effectiveness: Quality of care and patient experience12 chapters available
Avoidable mortality (preventable and treatable)
Routine vaccinations
Patient-reported experience
Avoidable hospital admissions
Integrated care
Mortality following acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
Mortality following stroke
Hip and knee surgery
Breast cancer screening and outcomes
Cervical and colorectal cancer screening
Safe prescribing in primary care
Safe acute care: Workplace culture and patient experiences
Accessibility: Affordability, availability and use of services13 chapters available
Unmet health care needs
Population coverage for health care
Extent of health care coverage
Financial hardship and out-of-pocket expenditure
Availability of doctors
Remuneration of doctors (general practitioners and specialists)
Availability of dentists and consultations with dentists
Availability of nurses
Remuneration of nurses
Use of diagnostic technologies
Hospital beds and discharges
Volumes of hip and knee replacements
Waiting times for elective surgery
Resilience: Crisis preparedness, responses and fiscal sustainability7 chapters available
Vaccination against COVID‑19
Use of teleconsultations
Public health laboratory capacity
Essential equipment: Intensive care beds
Adoption of Electronic Medical Records
Capital expenditure in the health sector
Public expenditure projections for health and long-term care
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