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The Health Care Enterprise in the European Community, as a single scope sectorial activity in the Community providing health care, is the single largest industry in Europe both in economic and manpower terms. In terms of manpower used by this enterprise, professionals alone represent probably over 4 M workers - around 4% of the total labour force of the Community. Health care in Europe after 1992 will, of course, be affected by European integration, but it is obvious that other factors will play a major role, including the changing health status of the population, technological progress and economic factors. Ageing, AIDS and possibly hallucinogenic drugs are the factors most likely to change the health status of the population. Greater public awareness leading to changes in personal habits may lead to a decrease in incidence of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. Increasing sophistication of diagnostic tools will require high investments, concentration of facilities and specialised manpower. There is already a surplus of general practitioners within the European Community, geographically distributed very unevenly, and a shortage of nurses. A major issue to be tackled is the growth in health care costs.

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Authors: BERLIN A, CEC Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Health Care in Europe after 1992, Rotterdam (NL), Oct. 16-17, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35187 ORA
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