There continue to be big differences in health outcomes between groups of people and between countries in Europe. This infographic provides an illustrated overview of the health Inequalities in Europe, and what we can do to overcome them.
Health outcomes and health inequalities are influenced by the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health – the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.
Health Inequalities reduce economic and social productivity. They cost €980 billion per year, the equivalent of 9.4% of GDP. A 50% reduction in gaps in life expectancy would provide monetised benefits to countries ranging from 0.3 – 0.4% of GDP.
Good health enables both economic and social participation in daily life. In surveys, people consistently state that they value health above all other aspects of their lives. They are also concerned about growing inequalities.
Reducing social and health inequalities is possible, represents a good investment, and has strong public support.