“Health care EU is not efficient enough’
The life expectancy in the EU is in most countries have increased to above 80 years, a record high. At the same time, suffering 50 million Europeans to have chronic diseases and die each year more than half a million people during their working lives to diseases that can be prevented.
This is evident from a joint research of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday in Brussels was presented. According to the researchers, costs of premature deaths in the European economy each year with about 115 billion euros.
According to Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD, “many more lives can be saved if the level of health care in the EU is improved.” The care should be more efficient, more accessible and better targeted on social developments, such as the ageing population.