The Malta Independent 4 August 2020, Tuesday

75% of Malta perceive their health to be good or very good

Monday, 8 April 2019, 10:40 Last update: about 2 years ago

According to statistics from Eurostat, a 75% share of the population in Malta aged 16 or over perceived their health as good or very good in 2017.

Malta is in fifth place behind Ireland (83%), Cyprus (78%), Italy and Sweden (both 77%), and the Netherlands (76%).

Lithuania and Latvia (both 44%), Portugal (49%), Estonia (53%), Poland and Hungary (both 59%) were at the bottom end of the classification.

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The statistics show that seven out of ten people from this age range living in the European Union (EU) perceived their health to be good or very good in 2017, with fewer than 8% (one in ten) rating it as bad or very bad.

In the EU, more men than women perceived that they were in good health. In the EU, 72% of men aged 16 or over rated their health as very good or good in 2017, compared to 67% of women. The disparity in rating between men and women can be seen throughout the various age groups. The largest gap is for those aged 65 years or over where 45% of men perceived their health status as good or very good compared to 39% of women.

The percentage of the population who assessed their health as good or very good tends to decrease with age. More than 88% of the male population aged from 16 to 44 perceived their health as good or very good. The proportion decreased to 69% for men aged 45 to 64 and decreased further to 45% for those men older than 65 years.

A similar trend can be seen with women. The share of women aged from 16 to 44 who perceived their health as good or very good was 87%, compared to 65% for those aged 46 to 64 and 39% for those aged 65 years or over.

 

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