writes that one third of the deaths could be avoided in the European Union by the current state of medicine. More than 24 thousand people died in Hungary due to the lack of proper attendance. According to Eurostat’s newest report, this represents the 41.5% of the deaths.

By the conception of avoidable deaths some fatalities could be avoided if the patient was attended to properly, and, in time. This rate, which has a great significance in the EU, can be used in the evaluation of the medical system and health policy.

In 2013, 1.7 million people died under the age of 75 in the EU. Almost 34% of the deaths, in other words, the death of 577.5 thousand people, could’ve been avoided by the current state of medicine, the disposable knowledge, equipment and technology. One third of early deaths (184.8 thousand) were caused by heart attack, while 16% of the avoidable fatalities (94 thousand) were caused by stroke. These two issues led to the half of the premised deaths.

The third leading causes were cancers affecting the enteron demanding 67 thousand human lives in 2013 (12%). This was followed by breast cancer causing 51 thousand deaths (9%), hypertension diseases responsible for 5% and pneumonia responsible for 4% of early fatalities.

There are big differences between EU countries concerning the early deaths of people under 75. The rate is the highest in Romania (49.4% deaths under 75), flowed by Latvia (48.5%), Lithuania (45.4%) and Slovakia (44.6%). Hungary has the 8th highest rate with 41.5%, while the rate is 39.3% in Czechia and 31.4% in Poland.

France has the lowest rate of early deaths with its 23.8%, which is under the EU average of 30%. Denmark (27.1%), Belgium (27.5%) and the Netherlands (29.1%) are also under the EU average rate.

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