The Spread of Covid-19 and Health Indicators in Europe

25.03.2020

So far Central and Eastern Europe is less affected by Covid-19 as in terms of overall confirmed cases as well as share of population. In these c countries have lower average life expectancy, which reflects lower quality of life.

The same situation applies also to the indicator healthy life expectancy, where the results in CEE are much lower than these in Western Europe. Generally, the CEE countries have much less efficient healthcare systems.

These are only part of the findings by Marin Lessenski, European Policies Program Director of the Open Society Institute – Sofia in the policy brief “The Spread of Covid-19 and Health Indicators in Europe”. The data is based on the Catch-Up Index, which measures the processes of convergence among 35 countries in Europe in the categories Economy, Democracy, Governance and Quality of Life, uses a number of health indicators, which can help assess the risks with regard to Covid-19. These indicators are life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and an index for effectiveness of healthcare systems.

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