About: health inequalities

Health 01-02-2017

Poverty and tobacco carry similar health risks, study finds

People on the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder may live two years less on average than those at the top, according to a large-scale study published Wednesday (31 January) in the British journal The Lancet.
Tonio Borg
Health 04-09-2014

More powers for Brussels could narrow EU’s health gap, says Borg

Giving more powers to Brussels could narrow the gap in the quality of health provision between EU countries, outgoing Commissioner Tonio Borg has said in a farewell speech.
Health 04-10-2013

EU countries urged to invest in reducing health inequalities

SPECIAL REPORT / Austerity-hit member states must avoid deepening inequality when cutting their healthcare budgets, the European Commission said at the European Health Forum in Austria.
Health 26-01-2011

MEPs warn governments not to cut health spending

MEPs have called on member states not to divert money and resources away from health care, concerned that austerity measures will widen health gaps in the EU.
Health 08-12-2010

Europe’s health check shows inequalities

Although Europeans have become healthier and their life expectancy has improved in recent decades, major differences persist in the provision of care services and the presence of risk factors for health across the continent. 
Health 11-01-2010

Tackling health inequality could boost economy

Addressing health inequality in Europe would provide a long-term economic boost, according to a report launched today (11 January) in Paris.
Health 16-02-2009

Commission to tackle ‘unacceptable’ health inequalities

The European Commission is to publish a communication before the end of the year aimed at addressing the growing 'health gap' across the EU and within member states.
Health 25-10-2007

Interview: ‘Huge health gaps remain inside the EU’

A project examining the health gap between the eastern and western members of the EU concludes that the main reasons for differences in premature death rates and ill-health are lifestyle-related.
Health 19-10-2007

Money matters in obesity

Pressed by lack of financial means, low-income social groups often choose to buy foods high in calories and face difficulties in accessing facilities for physical activity, said participants at a European parliamentary symposium on obesity.
Health 02-10-2007

Survey outlines disparities in EU healthcare systems

Countries that have initiated reforms, such as Austria and Estonia, have gone up in the ranking of the most user-friendly healthcare systems, according to the 2007 EuroHealth consumer index.
Health 08-12-2006

Experts advise on health-care sustainability

A report presents government recommendations on how to invest taxpayers' money more effectively to improve the quality of health care and to ensure the financial sustainability of health systems.
Health 05-10-2006

Access to cancer-treatment varies through EU

A survey on cancer care in Europe reveals significant differences in the provision of treatment.
Health 04-08-2006

Finns have heavy health agenda ahead

In addition to promoting 'Health in all Policies', the Finnish Presidency is expected to hammer out political agreements on Health programme 2007-2013, medical devices and advanced therapies.
Health 04-07-2006

Report: Prevention and health promotion should be for older people too

Public health campaigns often forget to address the older generation, it is argued in a report on the health of older people in Europe.

Germany reaches agreement on small-scale health reform

Germany's grand coalition has hammered out a reform of the country's underfunded health care system, which relies on a mixture of contribution raises and, for the first time, tax funding.
Health 23-06-2006

EU’s neighbours need to strengthen their health systems

Poor economic situation can only in part explain the bad health situation in the EU's neighbour countries. Improving the efficiency of the health systems is the way forward, says the WHO.
Health 07-03-2006

Big differences in women’s health status across EU

A report on facts and figures on women's health in Europe highlights substantial differences in women's health status, exposure to health risks and access to healthcare across Europe.
Health 06-03-2006

Europeans concerned about medical errors

The first survey ever on citizens' perceptions and experiences of medical errors in the EU shows that nearly 80% of Europeans find medical errors an important problem in their country.
Health 18-10-2005

Commission consults on mental health in EU

The Commission has published a green paper on the issue of mental health in Europe. Based on a consultation, to be launched shortly, it will draw up a proposal for an EU-wide strategy on mental health.
Health 11-10-2005

Commission calls for more EU co-operation on health

According to the Commission, the EU needs more co-ordination on health issues to bridge the broad health inequalities gaps across Europe and to fight against health risks such as pandemics.
Health 14-02-2005

Commissioner puts health focus on young people

Markos Kyprianou has told EURACTIV that since the seeds of many diseases are sown in childhood, it is important to target children and adolescents in the future health strategy.
Health 01-12-2004

Report: enlargement has cut mortality in new members

A new report argues that the process of accession to the EU has contributed to lower levels of deaths attributable to the quality of medical care in the Central and Eastern European new members. 
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 05-10-2004

National health systems to be co-ordinated more closely

EU ministers have agreed to introduce the system of "open method of coordination" for the promotion of health and long term care.

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