Falling EU population will affect healthcare provision

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:692
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The European Union is facing unprecedented demographic change, according to the European Commission, which is so concerned at the implications of a falling population that it has issued a consultation paper on the subject.

The native population of the EU's 25 member countries grew by only 0.04% in 2003, and of the 10 countries that joined the EU last year, all except Cyprus and Malta saw their populations …

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