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By 2050 the number of people in the EU aged 65+ will have grown by 70 per cent. The 80+ age group will have grown by 170 per cent. The EU plays an important role in health policy, and DG SANCO therefore commissioned COWI to analyse the implications of a growing ageing population and the involved increases in healthcare needs, chronic diseases and disabilities. Predicting trendsThrough a literature review, COWI predicts future health trends affecting an ageing population, providing an overview of the most common chronic diseases, risk factors and disabilities in old age. Five case countriesFive case member states form the basis of the study, selected according to their organisational differences and the challenges they face in terms of demographic developments: Denmark, Germany, Italy, UK and Poland.
PreventionProjections show that if people can remain healthy as they live longer, the rise in health-care spending due to ageing can be reduced significantly.
Care pathwaysCOWI performed a detailed analysis of the amount and the type of health services that will be required to meet the needs of an ageing population. Furthermore, a coherent framework for health policy interventions was developed.
Policy recommendationsThe analysis resulted in a number of policy recommendations, identifying the main trends and organisation of care.
Niels Eilschow Olesen
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CustomersDirectorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) and the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC)
COWI's servicesLiterature review, health economic study, analysis of required health services, recommendations
Economic analysis and tools
Evaluation and impact assessment