Bulgaria Had High Rates of Potentially Amenable Deaths in 2012 - Eurostat
Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania and Latvia topped the list of number of amenable deaths in 2012, the EU's statistical body Eurostat has said.
According to the agency's latest publication, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are the EU members which the lowest amenable mortality rates.
At the same time Bulgaria ranked average in terms of potentially preventable mortality rates, statistics show.
Cyprus, Italy, Spain, and Greece displayed the lowest levels of potentially preventable deaths, while Romania, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania were at the opposite end of the spectrum.
The data, which compares rates for 2011, and 2012, suggests there has been no substantial change over the last year.
"In 2012, over 590 000 deaths in the EU could have potentially been avoided with health care systems offering timely and effective medical treatments amenable deaths and over 1 million deaths could have been prevented through better public health interventions (preventable deaths)," Eurostat writes.
"The total number of potentially avoidable deaths - which accounts for the fact that certain diseases are both preventable and amenable – reached over 1.2 million in 2012. The leading cause of avoidable mortality was ischaemic heart diseases."
Amenable and preventable mortality indicators "are not meant to be a definite measurement o the quality of the health care in [EU] Member States," but provide "some indication for the quality of performance of health care and (wider) public health policies" such as education, social class, health beliefs, levels of concerns, costs of diagnosis and treatment, Eurostat adds.
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