STADA’s annual health report – 65% Serbs dissatisfied with healthcare system

One of the biggest German pharmaceutical companies, STADA (which also owns Serbian pharmaceutical company Hemofarm), has released its annual health report, based on research conducted on 46,000 people from 23 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan).

The report has shown that healthcare systems need an overhaul – such is the verdict of the European public. At 56 percent, satisfaction with healthcare systems has dropped to an all-time low, which many are taking as an invitation to step up: regular exercise, a healthy diet and activities to support mental well-being are some of the measures they have adopted to compensate for systemic weaknesses and to look after themselves.

Europe’s mental health has also taken a turn for the worse, with people rating their mental health slightly lower than in 2023. And although 67 percent of Europeans are happy in general, 52 percent – and particularly the younger generation – are struggling with loneliness.

Access to medical appointments, the standard of healthcare services, staff shortages and a general distrust of policy-makers in the healthcare sector – these are the main causes of dissatisfaction with healthcare systems. Now at 56 percent, satisfaction has decreased by 18 percentage points since 2020. People from first-time participants in Hungary are the most dissatisfied with their healthcare system: 72 percent of them find it insufficient, followed by Kazakhstan (67) and Serbia (65). In comparison to 2023, the UK (-11 percentage points), Kazakhstan (-10 percentage points), and Germany (-8 percentage points) recorded the most significant declines.

With satisfaction levels dropping, more and more Europeans are taking matters into their own hands: 89 percent of them do at least one thing to improve their overall well-being. In Finland (66), Spain (62) and Italy (60), people are more physically active than average (50). Furthermore, one-third attend preventive health check-ups (33) or take dietary supplements (32). Interestingly, 31 percent of Europeans also regard time spent with loved ones as an investment in their overall well-being.

Although the majority of Europeans state that they are “quite” or “very happy” (67), there is still cause for concern: while self-assessed mental health has declined only slightly from 67 percent in 2023 to 65 percent of Europeans rating their mental health as “good” or “very good”, a closer look reveals a phenomenon that should not be underestimated.

The loneliness epidemic has well and truly seized the continent, with 52 percent experiencing feelings of loneliness. And although they are more connected than any other group, 63 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds feel lonely. However, excessive time spent online is only part of the problem: first and foremost, the young generation cites work (27) as the main driver for loneliness and consequently calls for a better work-life balance to remedy the situation.

Also, residents of Denmark 73%, Serbia 72% and Ireland 71% most often report burnout. In Serbia, as many as 17% of young people have already experienced burnout, and 27% of them say that they are on the verge of exhaustion. In Denmark, the situation is particularly critical, where even 60% of young people report burnout.

(Alo, 25.06.2024)

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