Country Health Profiles

© European Union, 2017 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service

The Country Health Profiles are the result of joint work between the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (with the series being co-ordinated by the Commission and produced with the financial assistance of the European Union).

The concise, policy-relevant profiles are based on a transparent, consistent methodology, using both quantitative and qualitative data, yet flexibly adapted to the context of each European Union (EU) Member State. The aim is to create a means for mutual learning and voluntary exchange that supports the efforts of EU Member States in their evidence-based policy making. Each Country Health Profile provides a short synthesis of:

  • health status
  • the determinants of health, focusing on behavioural risk factors
  • the organisation of the health system
  • the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of the health system

This is the first series of biennial country profiles, published in November 2017, and an important step in the European Commission’s two-year State of Health in the EU cycle. The Commission is complementing the key findings of these country profiles with a Companion Report.

For more details on country health systems, see Health system reviews (HiTs).