OECD study on health and mortality: Alarming data for Bulgaria

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its study “Health at a Glance: Europe 2016” on November 23, a comprehensive summary of everything having to do with health and mortality in all countries on the continent. The European Union contributes financially to the ongoing research and releases.

The results and findings are mostly listed by country. The data for Bulgaria are partially alarming. It starts with the section with numbers regarding premature deaths and potential productive life years lost related to non-communicable diseases among the working population, aged 25 to 64. With 410 premature deaths per 100 000 inhabitants, Bulgaria has the second-highest number. The country is listed right behind Hungary, which has a rate of 411, while most European countries, especially Western European ones, are listed at less than 200.

Regarding life expectancy, things do not look good for Bulgaria either. On average, Bulgarians live 74.5 years, just like Latvians. These two countries have the lowest life expectancy on the continent. The publication also lists life expectancy by gender: Bulgarian women live 78 years, on average, and men 71.1 years. In Spain, it is 86 and 80 years, respectively, in Turkey 80 and 75.

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