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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

Last update: 5 March 2024

Austria’s healthcare system is based on the principles of solidarity, ensuring that all citizens, regardless of their social status or income, have access to high-quality medical care. While a significant proportion of resources is devoted to health care, there is a growing emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. 

In 2010, the Federal Ministry of Health initiated the Children’s Health Dialogue, which led to the formulation of the Health Strategy for Children and Young People (Kinder- und Jugendgesundheitsstrategie) in 2011. This strategy, which is currently in force, identifies five key areas with specific objectives: 

  1. Societal framework
  2. Healthy Start into Life
  3. Healthy development
  4. Equality in health
  5. Care for sick children and young people in specific areas

In addition, Austria has set 10 health targets (Gesundheitsziele Österreich) aimed at improving the quality and longevity of life for all residents, regardless of their socioeconomic status or personal circumstances. These targets, which prioritise action from childhood and adolescence, represent a commitment to improving the overall health of the population.