Here’s how much your country spends on your healthcare

Luxembourg topped the EU ranking for highest healthcare expenditure per inhabitant in 2016, spending some €5,600 per head, Eurostat revealed on Thursday. The latest figures from the EU’s official statistics agency, Eurostat, show that healthcare expenditure per...

Reducing health inequalities in high-income countries

An umbrella review of the effects of public health policies in high income countries has been published. It suggests some interventions that policy makers might use to reduce health inequalities, but the transferability between high-income countries remains unclear....

Improving understanding of biosimilars 

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published additional information on biosimilar medicines, as part of their ongoing work to improve understanding of biosimilars across the EU. A biosimilar is a biological medicine that is highly similar in all essential aspects...

Pharmaceutical spending

Pharmaceutical spending accounts for approximately 20% of total health spending in OECD countries when taking into account medicines dispensed in both outpatient and inpatient settings of care. Recent developments in the pharmaceutical market and spending raise...

International comparisions of health prices and volumes

Cross-country variation in health expenditure may be the result of differences in the prices of goods and services or differences in the volume of care, or a mix of both. Separating health spending into volume and price measures helps policy makers better understand...