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Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland Key Trends 2016

21 December 2016

Department of Health publishes Health in Ireland Key Trends 2016

Health in Ireland Key Trends gives us insights into trends in demographics, population health, hospital and primary care and health service employment and expenditure.  Notably, in the last decade alone, there has been an increase of almost two and a half years in life expectancy.  These gains are driven largely by reductions in mortality rates from principal causes of deaths such as those from heart disease and cancer.  Another striking feature is the growth in the number of people aged over 65. Each year this cohort increases by almost 20,000 people.  This trend is set to continue into the future and will have implications for future planning and health service delivery.

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