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EPRS - Health inequalities in the EU

Sündmuse kuupäev: 01/09/2020


Tackling socially determined inequalities in health, both between and within European Union Member States, is still a major challenge. Health is determined by a wide range of personal, social, economic and environmental factors which are in turn shaped by wider forces: economics, social policies, and politics at global, national and local levels. Examples from the EU show not only differences in life expectancy, both by sex and level of education, but also in mortality rates for cardiovascular diseases and cancer, health-related behaviours, access to healthcare, or unmet healthcare needs. While the main responsibility lies with the Member States, the EU institutions, bodies and agencies have contributed to reducing health inequalities through an array of policies, programmes, initiatives and instruments. Restrictions: ©The material may not be edited and must be shown entirely.