State of Health in the EU


The European Commission is bringing together internationally renowned expertise to strengthen country-specific and EU-wide knowledge in the field of health.

This effort will support Member States in their evidence-based policy making.

The two-year State of Health in the EU cycle includes four deliverables:

  • The biennial Health at a Glance: Europe report, prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with the latest edition published in November 2016
  • A package of individual country health profiles for each Member State, prepared by the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in cooperation with the Commission, first available in November 2017
  • A Commission paper to accompany the country health profiles. The flagship report will build on the findings from the two deliverables above, linking them to the broader EU agenda, emphasising cross-cutting policy implications, potential for mutual learning and highlighting EU added value
  • The fourth action, offered as soon as the second and third are released (starting November 2017), comprises voluntary exchanges that Member States can request to discuss best practices and other findings from the State of Health in the EU.

Summary of the State of Health in the EU roadmap

With the State of Health in the EU, the Commission brings together internationally recognised expertise and makes every effort to provide Member States with the evidence relevant to their specific context, without judging on their comparative performance. The cycle is aligned to the policy objectives set out in the 2014 Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems.



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