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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 and 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 provides a horizontal, cross-country assessment of national health systems’ performance in the EU. It also includes 2 thematic chapters on important topics.
  • 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 Synthesis Report, published alongside the Country Health Profiles, showcases some of the most significant trends in the transformation of health systems in the EU.
  • Health authorities in EU countries can request voluntary exchanges with the experts involved in the State of Health in the EU, to discuss findings and potential policy responses.

The State of Health in the EU supports Member States by strengthening the evidence base on health. It provides the Commission with data and policy analysis to support EU level policy development and cooperation.