Osteoporosis in the European Union: Ten Years of Progress and Ongoing Challenges

Osteoporosis in the European Union: Ten years of progress and ongoing challenges (2008)This report, published in October 2008, provides a snapshot of the progress and challenges in osteoporosis management in the EU - a decade after the landmark 1998 report and recommendations by the European Commission and as a comparison to the 2001 EU 'audit' report.

Scientists, physicians, policymakers, advocates, patients and their families are urged to use the report to identify issues that need attention in their countries.

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Based on country reports submitted by the EU Osteoporosis Consultation Panel, the report shows some progress:

  • Shorter waiting times for bone mineral density testing has been achieved in many countries, resulting in more efficient diagnosis and treatment.
  • A wide range of proven treatments is now available

However, ongoing challenges continue:

  • Only 6 of 27 EU governments have declared osteoporosis a healthcare priority
  • Hip fracture costs have doubled or tripled in several countries over 10 years
  • More than 40% of EU members states have fewer than the recommended number of bone mineral density scanners
  • Full reimbursement for these scans is provided in only 9 of 27 member states
  • Osteoporosis is part of national public health programs in only 10 of 27 countries.
individual country reports
Austria   English (PDF 68 KB)
Belgium   English (PDF 140.2 KB)
Bulgaria   English (PDF 77 KB)
Cyprus Addendum 1 & 2 English (PDF 113.8 KB)
Czech Republic   English (PDF 170.8 KB)
Denmark   English (PDF 69 KB)
Estonia   English (PDF 57.2 KB)
Finland   English (PDF 71.7 KB)
France   English (PDF 71.5 KB)
Germany   English (PDF 40.1 KB)
Greece   English (PDF 69.9 KB)
Hungary   English (PDF 50.6 KB)
Ireland   English (PDF 274.9 KB)
Italy   English (PDF 66.9 KB)
Latvia   English (PDF 59.5 KB)
Lithuania   English (PDF 68.3 KB)
Luxembourg   English (PDF 116.1 KB)
Malta   English (PDF 50.6 KB)
The Netherlands   English (PDF 68.3 KB)
Poland   English (PDF 53.4 KB)
Portugal   English (PDF 117.3 KB)
Romania   English (PDF 63.4 KB)
Slovakia   English (PDF 152.6 KB)
Slovenia   English (PDF 75.5)
Spain   English (PDF 71.4 KB)
Sweden   English (PDF 77.9 KB)
United Kingdom & Scotland   English (PDF 142.1 KB)