AGEING POPULATIONS: HOW EUROPE CAN LIVE LONGER AND BETTER
- EUROPE’S AGEING POPULATION FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
- MORE AND MORE EUROPEANS ARE LIVING LONGER
- A DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT IS UNDERWAY
- MEANWHILE, CHRONIC DISEASE IS ON THE RISE
- MANY CHRONIC DISEASES CAN BE PREVENTED AND MANAGED
- HELPING PEOPLE STAY ACTIVE AND PRODUCTIVE LONGER
- CAREGIVERS MUST BE SUPPORTED AS WELL
- How Governments and Employers Can Help
According to the WHO, diabetes, stroke, respiratory diseases and certain cancers are the major drivers behind rising healthcare costs, posing budget challenges to European healthcare systems. Chronic disease currently accounts for 80% of the EU health budget of €700 billion—and as the population ages that number will only increase.
Type II Diabetes is a major source of healthcare expenditures. According to diabetes researchers, healthcare for patients suffering from diabetes costs two to three times more than for people without the disease. That’s partly because diabetes frequently results in costly hospitalisations and because many diabetes patients have co-morbidities that lead to complications. In 2015, it is estimated that countries worldwide spent between US $673 billion to US $1.197 trillion in 2015; by 2040 those numbers could rise to between US $802 billion to US $1.452 trillion in today’s dollars
Whitepaper: Roadmap for Sustainable Health
International Diabetes Atlas, 7th edition, 2015
Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.