Health is Wealth

Strategic Visions for European Healthcare at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Report of the European Parliament

  • Authors
  • Felix Unger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Felix Unger
    Pages 1-4
  3. Felix Unger
    Pages 5-7
  4. Felix Unger
    Pages 9-14
  5. Felix Unger
    Pages 15-37
  6. Felix Unger
    Pages 39-56
  7. Felix Unger
    Pages 57-82
  8. Felix Unger
    Pages 83-93
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 95-N32

About this book


[ The main goal of this cluster is the optimisation of the medical arts and science. In a graphical representation of human life, the lifespan or time can be shown on a horizontal axis, and the incidences of disease or health can be shown on a vertical axis. Throughout, patient exists in his personal environment, in his individual pri­ vate sphere. th In the late 20 century, medical arts and sciences have achieved enormous pro­ gress resulting in highly effective diagnosis and therapy. Today in Europe, a main concern of our society centres around non-communi­ cable diseases, because communicable diseases have been dramatically reduced by past intensive socio-hygienic programmes. Nevertheless, medicine in Europe must be always alert to fight communicable diseases such as TB, AIDS, SARS etc. Medicine has been very successful in the past in fighting communicable and non-communicable diseases. This has resulted in an increase of our lifespan, and an ageing population. Table 1 shows life expectancy in Europe in 2001. This varies in EU member states from 78.6 up to 82.2 years in females, from 73.7 to 74.6 years in males. In the candidate countries, life expectancy varies in females from 75.2 to 78.1 years and from 66.1 to 71.1 years in males. Table 2 shows the remaining life­ span at age 65, which is much higher in the EU member states than in the candidate countries. This increasing life expectancy dramatically alters the structure of our society.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-06098-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-07738-2
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