The BMJ News highlights the startling data, from Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), indicating that around a third of the 1.7 million deaths of people under the age of 75, in the European Union in 2013, were avoidable.
Heart attacks (184 800 deaths) and strokes (94 000) accounted for nearly half (48%) of all premature deaths.The United Kingdom ranked 16th of 28 member states in terms of premature mortality, with 34.2% of deaths among people under 75 deemed by Eurostat as avoidable. This was just above the European average of 33.7%.
Eurostat said that the data were not meant to be a definitive measure of the quality of healthcare in member states but that they did offer an indication of the quality and performance of healthcare and public health policies.
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