Health systems organisation

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.

Effective, accessible and resilient health systems

European health systems have to be accessible and able to improve people’s health, even and particularly in times of economic challenges. In this Communication, the Commissionpdf(407 KB) Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) expresses its view on how to help Member States achieve this important goal.

Health system information sheets

The Commission, based on the information supplied by the EU countries, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and in-house analysis, has been drafting health system information sheets.

These information sheets are intended to provide a bird's eye view of the similarities and differences between EU health systems and help to identify common problems and possible solutions.