State of Health in the EU

Country health profiles

Concise and policy-relevant profiles will summarise the state-of-play in the EU Member States, emphasising their particular characteristics and challenges.

As a second step in the two-year State of Health in the EU, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies develop, in cooperation with the Commission, individual country health profiles for each Member State.

The concise, policy relevant country health profiles will be based on a transparent, consistent methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative data, yet flexibly adapted to the context of each Member State. The aim is to create a means of mutual learning that enables a dialogue on best practices, without ranking Member States on the basis of their overall performance.

Each country health profile will provide a short synthesis of:

  1. health status in the country,
  2. the determinants of health,
  3. the organisation of the health system, and
  4. the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of the health system.

The first series of bi-annual country health profiles will be available in November 2017. The Commission will use the findings of the country health profiles for an accompanying paper and for voluntary exchanges with Member States.