Europeans’ opinion of their healthcare systems

by Roberta Lunghini - 2013.10.16

Less than half of Europeans (44%, up 2 points compared to 2012) consider that their current healthcare system ensures equal access to medical treatment for all citizens. The opinion has considerably fallen in Italy (down 16 points to 28%), now at its lowest level since 2007. In addition, Italy also showed the worst view of the organisation and quality of care for elderly and dependent people, with a score of 2.2. This is what emerges from the “7th CSA/Europ Assistance Health & Society Barometer”, which aims to provide information to promote the understanding of practices, expectations and concerns in terms of healthcare of the citizens of eight European countries (Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Poland, Austria and Spain) and of the United States. According to the survey, the view held by Europeans about their healthcare systems is, on average, quite stable with a score of 4.7 out of 10, but it reveals some major differences: the Italians (3.2) and the Polish (2.8) have a very negative opinion of their respective healthcare systems. Furthermore, four European countries are characterised by high levels of treatment cancellation: Poland with 39% of people interviewed claiming to have cancelled treatment for financial reasons in 2013 (down 2 points), France with 33% (up 6 points), Germany with 24% (down 6 points) and Italy with 20% (down 7 points).

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