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[Editorial] Sharing data on Europe’s preventable deaths

An insight into health systems and wider public health performance of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) was provided on May 24 with the latest report from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. Of the 1·7 million deaths that occurred in 2013 before age 75 years, around a third (577?500) could have been avoided through better care within country health systems, so-called amenable deaths. Adding in estimates of preventable deaths via potential public health interventions, the total number of preventable deaths was estimated to be around 1·2 million.

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