Croats perceive their health as poorest in EU

Croatia has the highest portion of citizens who perceive their health status as poor, compared to another 27 European Union member states, according to the findings of a survey presented by the EU statistical office Eurostat on Wednesday.

The findings were published a day before World Health Day, observed on 7 April.

As many as 13.4% of Croatians feel that their health is poor, and the second highest percentage of residents that perceive their health status to be poor is 11.4% in Hungary. Portugal follows with 11.3%.

On the other hand, Malta is faced with the slightest dissatisfaction with the health status of its citizens, with a mere 1.7% of respondents saying they are dissatisfied with their health condition.

"Of all persons aged 25 to 64 living in the European Union (EU), around three-quarters perceived their health status as very good or good, slightly fewer than 20% as fair and below 7% as bad or very bad. Being an important socio-economic factor, the education level has an influence on health status: while just over 60% of the EU population aged 25-64 with a low education level perceived their health as very good or good, this proportion hit 85% for those with a tertiary education level. This pattern is observed for all ages between 25 and 64," Eurostat reported.

"A clear link can be established between educational attainment and self-perceived health. In general in the EU Member States, the higher the education level is, the higher the share of people feeling healthy is."

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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