State of Health in the EU


The State of Health in the EU aims at making health system information, expertise and best practices easily accessible to policymakers and everyone who helps to shape health policies.

It is managed by the European Commission but benefits from the work of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (Observatory), in its on-going effort to support knowledge sharing across the EU.

The State of Health in the EU gathers the latest evidence on health and captures it in a series of concise, digestible reports.

The recurring State of Health in the EU cycle consists of four main stages:

  • The joint OECD-Commission report Health at a Glance: Europe kicks off each State of Health in the EU cycle with a horizontal, cross-country assessment of national health systems’ performance in the EU.
  • Individual Country Health Profiles, adapted to the context and specificities of each EU country, assess the strengths and challenges in their respective health systems.
  • A Companion Report, published alongside the Country Health Profiles, showcases some of the biggest trends in the transformation of our health systems.
  • At the close of the two-year cycle, health authorities in EU countries can request voluntary exchanges with the experts behind the State of Health in the EU, to discuss findings and potential policy responses.

The State of Health in the EU cycle supports Member States by strengthening the evidence base. In turn, the cycle provides the Commission with data and policy analysis to support EU level cooperation. For instance, it delivers quality material to feed into the analytical phase of the European Semester, informing its Country Reports with sound cross-EU and country-specific insights.
The cycle is aligned to the policy objectives set out in the 2014 Commission Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems.