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EU Summit on Chronic diseases April 3-4, 2014 - conference conclusions

16 Apr 2014

Today, chronic diseases represent the major share of the burden of disease in Europe and are responsible for 86% of all deaths.

Brussels, Chronic Diseases Summit (April 3-4, 2014) more..

Today, chronic diseases represent the major share of the burden of disease in Europe and are responsible for 86% of all deaths1. They affect more than 80% of people aged over 65 and represent a major challenge for health and social systems. 70 to 80% of health care budgets, an estimated € 700 billion per year are spent on chronic diseases in the European Union.

 

The sustainability of our health and social systems is at stake. In response to the call of the 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases, we need new approaches to investing in health, moving beyond limiting expenditure to addressing the demand for health and social services, much of which is related to chronic diseases. Investing in health implies

  • Investing in sustainable health systems
  • Investing in people’s health as human capital, and
  • Investing in reducing health inequalities

through evidence based, targeted and outcome oriented actions.

Europe should recognise the value of health as an opportunity and investment, as well an important trigger for job creation, not merely as a public cost.

http://ec.europa.eu/health/major_chronic_diseases/events/ev_20140403_en.htm

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