The Maltese population enjoys one of the longest life expectancies in the EU. Maltese people spend the majority of their lives in good health, with 67% of life after age 65 spent without chronic diseases and disabilities, a far higher share than the EU average.
These results were announced during the release of the Malta Country Health Profile 2019 by the European Commission Representation in Malta, on Wednesday 26 February 2020.
Ms Gemma Williams, Research Fellow from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Mr Peter Paul BORG, Policy Officer from the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission, presented the Malta Profile to Maltese Stakeholders and the press. In their interventions, they presented the highlights of the Malta Health Profile, outlining the health status and risk factors, as well as the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of the health system.
The Maltese Health Profile highlights that the prevalence of diabetes is growing and socioeconomic inequalities in life expectancy and self-reported health status persist when compared to previous reports. Malta registers the highest obesity rates in the EU, with more than a quarter of adults in 2017 and one third of 15-year-olds in 2013–14 being overweight or obese. This presents a major public health challenge. The Malta profile also outlines the expenditure on health and reports that Malta recorded one of the largest increases in per capita health expenditure in the EU over the last decade.
The State of Health in the EU is a European Commission initiative which brings together factual, comparative data and insights into health and health systems in EU countries, in cooperation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Experts prepare a set of 30 Country Health Profiles, covering all EU Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway. The State of Health in the EU’s Country Health Profiles are designed to be a one-stop-shop for knowledge and information on a country’s health system, put into the perspective of a cross-EU comparison and are accompanied by a Companion Report.
The Malta Country Health Profile 2019 can be accessed at https://www.oecd.org/