The value of self-care

A major public health resource

~9.7 billion packs of non-prescription medicines and 1 billion packs of minerals and vitamins were bought by Europeans in 2019 to improve their health and contribute to their well-being. When practised correctly, self-care is a major public health resource and the fundamental level of resilient health care systems. 

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Self-Care Generations (AESGP, 2020)

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An untapped potential

An untapped potential

Self-care contributes to the resilience of health systems

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the role of self-care in supporting the resilience of health systems has become more apparent than ever. When we self-care responsibly, we ease the workload of strained healthcare professionals and increase their capacity to care for the people who cannot treat themselves. With responsible self-care, we contribute to stronger healthcare systems and better health outcomes for all.

The figures speak for themselves

Investments in self-care and improving access to self-care options lead to demonstrable long-term savings for governments and healthcare systems as well as individual households. Several studies highlight the economic and social value of self-care. The figures speak for themselves!

Austria

Austria

  • €1 invested in OTC medicines saves €5,20 of direct costs for the health system
  • self-care frees up ~2 hours/day of GPs time

Source: May, U., Bauer, C. (2013): Der gesundheitsökonomische Stellenwert von OTC-Präparaten in Österreich. Vienna 2013

Spain

Spain

  • switch results in a €3.125m societal effect 
  • improving quality of primary health care, improving labor productivity, optimization of non working patients’time and a reduction of public expenditure on publicly covered medication
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