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Ireland Health Stats

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Republic of Ireland has the highest birth rate in the whole of European Union (15.3 live births per 1.000 people in 2005, compared to crude birth rate of European Union of 10.4 live births per 1.000 people). Largely responsible for this is Irish Catholic background and “the explicit right of unborn to live” stated in the Constitution of Ireland and consequently abortion being illegal within the borders of Ireland. Only in 2013 was this law amended, making abortion legal for women, whose life is at risk due to pregnancy, including suicide. Women, who wish to have an abortion, travel to the neighboring United Kingdom, not only because of legal repercussions, but also because of the societal disapproval - less than a half of population would support a woman having an abortion with the reason being only her own best interest (instead of other medical or ethical situation). Likely connected to this situation is the fact that the Irish are the world’s most conscientious nation when it comes to using contraception: 89% of married women aged 15-49 years were reported using one or more forms of contraception in 2005. Experts believe that by making family planning widely available in 1990s and early 2000s, Ireland manage to make a huge leap in terms of economic and social development, by empowering women from all walks of life to make a decision of when to have a child.

Definitions

  • Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth: Average age of mother at first childbirth.
  • Births and maternity > Total fertility rate: Total fertility rate.
  • Fertility rate > Total > Births per woman: Total fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with current age-specific fertility rates.
  • HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS: An estimate of all people (adults and children) alive at yearend with HIV infection, whether or not they have developed symptoms of AIDS.
  • Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people: Hospital beds include inpatient beds available in public, private, general, and specialized hospitals and rehabilitation centers. In most cases beds for both acute and chronic care are included.
  • Life expectancy > Men: Life expectancy for men.
  • Life expectancy > Women: Life expectancy for women.
  • Life expectancy at birth > Total population: The average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages. It can also be thought of as indicating the potential return on investment in human capital and is necessary for the calculation of various actuarial measures.
  • Life expectancy at birth, male > Years: Life expectancy at birth, male (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Life expectancy at birth, total > Years: Life expectancy at birth, total (years). Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
  • Obesity: Percentage of total population who have a BMI (body mass index) greater than 30 Kg/sq.meters (Data for Australia, Austria and Portugal is from 2002. All other data is from 2003). Obesity rates are defined as the percentage of the population with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. The BMI is a single number that evaluates an individual's weight status in relation to height (weight/height2, with weight in kilograms and height in metres). For Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, figures are based on health examinations, rather than self-reported information. Obesity estimates derived from health examinations are generally higher and more reliable than those coming from self-reports, because they preclude any misreporting of people's height and weight. However, health examinations are only conducted regularly in a few countries (OECD).
  • Physicians > Per 1,000 people: Physicians are defined as graduates of any facility or school of medicine who are working in the country in any medical field (practice, teaching, research).
  • Probability of not reaching 60: Probability at birth of not reaching the age of 40.
  • Probability of reaching 65 > Male: Probability at birth of reaching the age of 65.
  • Quality of health care system > Health care system index: Health Care Index is an estimation of the overall quality of the health care system, health care professionals, equipment, staff, doctors, cost, etc.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Births and maternity > Average age of mother at childbirth 31.2 2010 3rd out of 62
Births and maternity > Total fertility rate 1.97% 2100 37th out of 196
Fertility rate > Total > Births per woman 1.88 births per woman 2005 128th out of 179
HIV AIDS > People living with HIV AIDS 6,900 2009 110th out of 133
Hospital beds > Per 1,000 people 4.3 per 1,000 people 2003 32nd out of 60
Life expectancy > Men 78 years 2013 22nd out of 99
Life expectancy > Women 83 years 2013 21st out of 99
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 80.19 years 2011 25th out of 216
Life expectancy at birth, male > Years 78.3 2011 24th out of 196
Life expectancy at birth, total > Years 80.5 2011 26th out of 196
Obesity 13% 2003 13th out of 29
Physicians > Per 1,000 people 2.79 per 1,000 people 2004 4th out of 67
Probability of not reaching 60 10.4% 2050 34th out of 48
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 80% 2050 21st out of 159
Quality of health care system > Health care system index 42.84 2014 46th out of 46

SOURCES: United Nations Population Division. Source tables; United Nations Population Division. Source tables; World Development Indicators database; CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; Derived from male and female life expectancy at birth from sources such as: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.; OECD Health Data 2005; calculated on the basis of survival data from UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York; health care

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Republic of Ireland has the highest birth rate in the whole of European Union (15.3 live births per 1.000 people in 2005, compared to crude birth rate of European Union of 10.4 live births per 1.000 people). Largely responsible for this is Irish Catholic background and “the explicit right of unborn to live” stated in the Constitution of Ireland and consequently abortion being illegal within the borders of Ireland. Only in 2013 was this law amended, making abortion legal for women, whose life is at risk due to pregnancy, including suicide. Women, who wish to have an abortion, travel to the neighboring United Kingdom, not only because of legal repercussions, but also because of the societal disapproval - less than a half of population would support a woman having an abortion with the reason being only her own best interest (instead of other medical or ethical situation). Likely connected to this situation is the fact that the Irish are the world’s most conscientious nation when it comes to using contraception: 89% of married women aged 15-49 years were reported using one or more forms of contraception in 2005. Experts believe that by making family planning widely available in 1990s and early 2000s, Ireland manage to make a huge leap in terms of economic and social development, by empowering women from all walks of life to make a decision of when to have a child.

Posted on 14 Apr 2014

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