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[Comment] The Lancet–EASL Commission on liver diseases in Europe: overcoming unmet needs, stigma, and inequities

Worldwide, liver diseases are on the rise. As an example, death rates from viral hepatitis now outnumber those from HIV/AIDS.1 The Lancet Commission on liver disease in the UK provided evidence that standardised UK mortality attributable to liver diseases has risen four-fold between 1980 and 2013,2 with liver disease likely to overtake ischaemic heart disease as the leading cause of years of working life lost.3 In addition to varying trends in mortality (figure),4,5 there are substantial differences in how the management of patients is organised within health systems.

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