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Cypriots most likely to say healthcare poses high financial burden in EU

Cypriots are the most likely in the EU to report that healthcare poses a high financial burden to them, a Eurostat study found.

According to the European Union’s statistical service, in 2017, 39% of Cypriots said that healthcare poses a “high financial burden,” 50.8% said that it poses “some financial burden” and 9.8% said that it poses no burden.

Cyprus was followed by Bulgaria, where 32% of its residents said that healthcare poses a high financial burden.

In contrast, the share of persons declaring that paying for medical care caused no financial burden was largest in Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden (all 86%), Estonia (85%) and France (84%).

The burden of paying for medicines

The countries with the highest share of people reporting that the cost of medicine was a heavy financial burden were Poland (40%), followed by Cyprus (34%), Bulgaria (33%) and Latvia (30%). In contrast, the share of those declaring that buying medicine had no repercussions on the household budget was largest in France (90%), Denmark (84%) and Sweden (78%).

In the EU, just under half (49%) of the people declared that paying for medicines brought no financial burden to the household. However, 39% reported that these costs represented some financial burden and 13% found paying for medicine a heavy financial burden on the household.

Dental care costs

In Cyprus, 47% reported that dental care represented a high financial burden to the household budget, followed by Italy (39%), Latvia (36%) and Spain (34%). In contrast, 79% of people in Denmark and 77% in the Netherlands and Sweden stated that these costs caused no financial burden on the household.

Nearly half of the population (48%) in the EU reported no financial burden relating to costs for dental examinations or treatment. Dental costs were perceived to be somewhat of a burden to the household budget by 35%, while 17% found that costs relating to dental care incurred a high financial burden.

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In 2017, more than half of the people (55%) in the European Union (EU) reported that the amount their household had to pay for medical care did not represent a financial burden. On the other hand, 34% stated that health care costs were somewhat of a financial burden, while 11% perceived such costs as a heavy financial burden on the household budget.

At EU level, the perceived financial burden of medical care was greatest for those living in two-person households that included at least one person aged 65 years or more (13% of people in these households reported medical care to be a high financial burden). Those living in single-person households (12%), households without dependent children (12%), two-adult households and in households with dependent children (both 10%) also reported that health care was a high burden on their budget.

The source dataset is accessible here.

Medical care refers to individual health care services such as examinations or treatments. It includes health care for curative, rehabilitative or long-term purposes, mental medical health care as well as preventive medical services. Dental care and medicines are not included.

Financial burden refers to out-of-pocket expenditure, that is to say, expenses that the household pays directly to the health care provider. To gather the information on the households’ perceived financial burden relating to health care, one member of the household was interviewed.

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