Europe has helped create the world's healthiest and longest=living society (photo: dpa)

Europe’s healthcare systems face reform to meet growing challenges

Healthcare in Europe has been a flag-bearer in developing new drugs and medical care to create the world’s healthiest and longest-living society. But it comes at huge cost to public funds. Countries throughout the European Union are now looking at new ways of reforming the way healthcare is provided and run. Harmonising healthcare across EU countries is one way while another could be greater provision of privately-funded high-quality healthcare.

EUROPEAN healthcare systems have helped create the world’s longest-living and healthiest society. But these systems are also the most expensive in the world.

Germany spends 11 per cent of GDP on healthcare, with around 77 per cent...

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 Dorothee Deuring
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