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Health Inequalities in the EU: Final Report of a Consortium


Consortium lead: Sir Michael Marmot

Subject Keywords: Health inequalities, European Union (EU)
Topic: Health Inequalities
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: Europe

This report contains the results of work carried out under the EU health programme in the framework of a service contract with the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers, number EAHC/2010/6202. It is based on the work of a consortium, led by University College London Consulting (UCLC). The consortium comprises: UCLC; EuroHealthNet; Health Action Partnership International (HAPI) within the National Heart Forum (NHF); and the Public Health Observatories in England, represented by the North East Public Health Observatory (NEPHO), based at the University of Durham and the London Health Observatory (LHO).

This report provides an outline of new evidence on health inequalities in the European Union (EU) and the policy response at EU and national level to health inequalities since 2009.

The report confirms significant health inequalities between and within EU Member States. The size of the health inequalities is for the most part similar to that identified in ‘Health inequalities: Europe in profile’, published in 2006. Within this broad picture some indicators of inequality have decreased, some have remained constant and others have increased.

By 2010, inequalities in life expectancy at birth between Member States in the EU had decreased by 10% for women but only by 3% for men compared with 10 years earlier. These changes reflected decreases in infant mortality and the mortality of children aged less than 15, and were partly of fset for women, and fully offset for men,by increases in inequalities above this age, especially at ages 15–24.



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Suggested citation:

Consortium lead: Sir Michael Marmot. (2013) Health Inequalities in the EU: Final Report of a Consortium [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th November 2019].


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