State of Health in the EU: Commission launches a new series of Country Health Profiles

Today the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, launched a new series of Country Health Profiles that summarize the performance of health systems in the 28 European Union (EU) Member States.

These concise and policy-relevant profiles, developed jointly by the European Observatory and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), are part of the European Commission's State of Health in the EU cycle.

This two-year process is designed to improve country-specific and EU-wide knowledge in the field of health. It will inform various ongoing EU processes and support countries' evidence-based policy-making and health reform. Each Country Health Profile provides a brief overview of the main strengths and challenges in a country's health system based on available quantitative and qualitative data and information. It reports on the population health status, the underlying health determinants as well as the health system and its performance in terms of effectiveness, accessibility and resilience.