Life expectancy falls in Europe

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 19 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:767
  1. Adrea Mach
  1. Geneva

    Laying the blame squarely on “poverty, unemployment, homelessness, excessive drinking, and smoking” and on health reforms that are too reliant on “market forces,” the World Health Organisation's latest report reveals that Europe's overall health is deteriorating for the first time in 50 years.

    The report, which contains data on key indicators of health, was released at this week's meeting of the 50 active member states of the WHO's regional committee for Europe in Copenhagen. It shows that average life expectancy across Europe (although still higher than in the other WHO regions) has fallen for the first time since the second world war--from 73.1 years in 1991 to 72.3 in 1995.

    The reason for the fall is the social …

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