About: health costs

Health 29-01-2015

German economy burdened by growing rate of depression

German employees are taking more and more sick leave due to depression, a recent study shows, indicating stress and a lack of leisure time as the likely culprits, causing experts to call for more investment in early recognition and prevention. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Health 14-03-2014

Depression costs European businesses nearly €100 billion per year

Employers must be more proactive in preventing depression, as the illness costs European workplaces €92 billion per year, according to a new report.
Health 18-04-2013

Ageing Europeans hit by rising bone fractures: Report

As Europe’s population ages, bone fractures due to osteoporosis are likely to result in increasing burden on healthcare systems, according to a new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).
Health 04-04-2013

‘Bicycle highways’ help save healthcare costs in Northern Europe

Bicycle highways, a new transport experiment, are spreading fast across the European Union, notably in Denmark, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Health 14-03-2013

Call for ‘accident database’ to reduce health costs

A broad coalition of organisations has called on the European Commission to propose a Pan-European "Accident and Injury Data System", underlining that 5.7 million people are admitted to hospital every year due to accidents.
Health 28-01-2010

Microsoft eyes ‘robotic doctor’ to cut health costs in poor countries

A leading figure in the information technology sector believes virtual doctors can help raise health standards in the developing world.
Health 19-10-2009

Lobbyist: Homecare key to cost-efficient health spending

Switching from hospital care to monitoring and treating patients in their homes will help make public health spending more cost-efficient, according to Edwin Kohl, chairman of healthcare lobby group Costeff.
Health 22-09-2009

Expert: eHealth may have ‘disruptive impact’

The potential of technology to fundamentally change how health care is delivered could help curb runaway medical inflation, but some doctors and hospital managers view it as a threat, eHealth expert Dr. Michael Tremblay told EURACTIV in an interview.
Health 09-09-2009

Interoperability key to making ehealth work

Potential cost-savings from e-health are being jeopardised because computer systems cannot talk to one another, according to experts. Healthcare IT specialists also warn of resistance from healthcare workers and patients amid ongoing concerns over data protection.
Health 24-03-2009

Hospital bugs cost EU €5.5bn per year

Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) contribute to the deaths of 110,000 and cost an estimated €5.5bn every year, but could be dramatically reduced if best practice was shared across the EU, it has been claimed.
Health 17-12-2008

Ministers divided over EU patient rights

Despite some progress, EU health ministers meeting yesterday (16 December) in Brussels remained divided over a draft directive regarding the application of patients' rights to treatment in other member states.
Health 02-10-2008

Study highlights ‘massive health savings’ of stricter climate policies

The EU could save up to €25 billion every year by introducing more ambitious climate policies, according to a new study by health and environment NGOs.
Health 09-06-2008

Personalised healthcare

The European Commission is promoting hi-tech solutions to prevent chronic diseases and meet the health challenges of the 21st century. 
Health 13-11-2007

Report calls for increased accountability in healthcare

Healthcare systems around the world will become unsustainable by 2015, unless governments adopt new accountability standards on how the money is being spent, argues an IBM report, echoing earlier calls for more transparency in public health funding.
Health 26-09-2006

‘Governments have no right to cut patients off from information’

Citizens must not be excluded from access to information on such critical issues as health by their own governments, argues MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, member of the High Level Pharmaceutical Forum (HLPF).
Health 26-09-2006

‘Member states want to block any change on pharmaceuticals’

The first meeting of the High Level Pharmaceutical Forum (HLPF) is set to be difficult. In order to control the health costs, the member states are likely to block any change on the topics under discussion: pricing of medicines, the assessment of relative effectiveness of drugs and information for patients, argues MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis in an interview with EURACTIV.
Health 19-05-2006

Health expenditure & economy

In an ageing Europe, a healthy society and active workforce will be key determinants of sustainable productivity and economic growth and thus key conditions for the EU's Lisbon Agenda to deliver. Human capital has for long been recognised as a contributor to economic wealth, but it is forgotten that people can only accumulate and provide human capital if they are healthy, both physically and mentally. Far too often politics consider health as a cost and not as long-term investment in human capital.
Health 15-02-2006

Analysis: Projecting OECD health and long-term care expenditures – What are the main drivers?

Public spending on health and long-term care in OECD countries will double by 2050, according to projections are from a new OECD report entitled Projecting OECD health and long-term care expenditures: What are the main drivers? 
Health 01-09-2005

EU health strategy

The Commission proposal for the EU Health programme 2007-2013 aligns future health action with the overall EU objectives of prosperity, solidarity and security and aims to further exploit synergies with other policies.
Health 20-10-2004

Stakeholders contribute to health strategy debate

In their contributions to the consultation on future EU health strategy, stakeholders have called for better co-ordination between public health and other policy areas, the need for more comparable data on the impact of investments in health and further debate on healthcare.
Health 27-06-2003

Stroke Care in OECD Countries: A Comparison of Treatment, Costs and Outcomes in 17 Countries

Stroke is an ageing-related common disease, whose treatment entails high cost and leaves older populations with considerable health implications. This study provides information on the treatment, costs and health outcomes of stroke in a number of European countries.