EPC Publications | Europe cannot afford people in bad health – Economics of health and care as a guide for investments by Hans Martens

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In this Commentary, Hans Martens argues that, in order to keep Europe’s health systems sustainable, policy makers need to acknowledge the economic value of health for individuals and society.

Source: EPC Publications | Europe cannot afford people in bad health – Economics of health and care as a guide for investments by Hans Martens

This is an excellent publication and well worth a read.

Putting the article in context, matters are much more urgent after the Brexit referendum. Both the UK and Europe face severe economic uncertainty and squandering money on public healthcare makes no economic sense. There are global best practice exemplars in public healthcare but restrictive practices from powerful unions is often blocking radical change.

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Should you take statins? The latest cholesterol debate explained | World Economic Forum

This is a must-read from the WEF. It reports that millions of people around the world take statins to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke but new research suggests they may be wasting their time. An international team of scientists has found no link between high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and heart disease in a study of people aged 60 and over.

Source: Should you take statins? The latest cholesterol debate explained | World Economic Forum

This is an important research finding. Not so long ago the UK health authorities were recommending statins for everybody over a certain age.

No doubt the public will be confused by the competing research evidence. If you’re worried consult your doctor.

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