Governments are told not to skimp on preventive strategies as health budgets fall

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 19 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7855
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Health spending in Europe has fallen for the first time since 1975, says a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which warns of a potential long term effect on healthcare and urges governments to focus on prevention despite budget pressures.

The report, compiled in collaboration with the European Commission, shows that health spending per person fell from an annual average growth rate of 4.6% between 2000 and 2009 to −0.6% in 2010.1

In Ireland spending fell by 7.9% in 2010, whereas it had …

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