More than 70 percent of people in Romania aged 16 or over think they are in good or very good health, above the European Union average, Eurostat data show.
According to official EU data, 70.5 percent of Romanians perceived their health status as “good or very good” in 2016, the 11th-highest rate among the 28 EU member states. 22.3 percent of Romania consider their health status as being “fair” and 7.2 percent think they are in “bad or very bad” health.
Men are healthier than women in Romania. Eurostat data indicate 76 percent of men in Romania consider they are in good or very good health, compared with 65.5 percent of women – the largest gender health gap in EU.
Romania is also EU’s member state with the lowest difference in very good and good self-perceived health between the highest 20 percent and lowest 20 percent income groups.
Among the EU member states, the highest share of the population who perceived their health as good or very good was recorded in Ireland (82.8 percent),Cyprus (78.7 percent), the Netherlands (75.9 percent), Sweden (75.1 percent), Greece (74 percent), Belgium (73.7 percent), Malta (72.9 percent) and Spain (72.5 percent).
By contrast, almost 1 in 5 persons aged 16 or over perceived their health as bad or very bad in Croatia (18.7 percent), Lithuania (16.9 percent), Portugal (15.9 percent), Latvia (15.6 percent), Estonia (14.4 percent), Poland (13.6 percent) and Hungary (13.2 percent).