Health systems play a central role in modern societies in helping people maintain and improve their health. Over the last decade, European health systems have faced growing common challenges:
- increasing cost of healthcare,
- population ageing associated with a rise of chronic diseases and multi-morbidity leading to growing demand for healthcare,
- shortages and uneven distribution of health professionals,
- health inequalities and inequities in access to healthcare.
Member States’ future ability to provide high quality care to all will depend on making health systems more resilient: more capable of coping with the challenges that lie ahead. And they must achieve this while remaining cost-effective and fiscally sustainable.