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European Health Systems: Not enough prevention: EU health systems report

Only 3 per cent of EU countries' health budgets is spent on prevention, with 80 per cent spent on treatment of diseases, the EU Commission reported on Thursday in a set of 28 'country health profiles'.

The reports, along with a 'companion report', suggest a rethinking of European health systems is needed to 'ensure they remain fit-for-purpose and provide patient-centred care'
"We need better access to primary care so that the emergency room isn't people's first port of call," said Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis: "And we need to enshrine health promotion and disease prevention into all policy sectors to improve people's health and reduce pressure on health systems."

The reports provide an in-depth analysis of EU Member States' health systems.

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