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State of Health in the EU

The European Commission diagnoses the state of Health in the EU

November 27, 2017

The State of Health in the EU is a two-year initiative undertaken by the European Commission that aims to provide policy makers, interest groups, and health practitioners with comparative data and insights into health and health systems in EU countries. The cycle is developed in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

A total of 28 Country Health Profiles have been published by the Commission that provide a depth analysis of EU Member States' health systems by analysing health of the population, important risk factors and show the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of health systems in each EU member state. The reports reflect shared objectives across the member states, and reveal potential areas where the Commission can encourage mutual learning and exchange of good practices.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety has said: "Spending only 3% of our health budgets on prevention, compared with 80% on the treatment of diseases, is simply not enough. We need better access to primary care so that the emergency room isn't people's first port of call. And we need to enshrine health promotion and disease prevention into all policy sectors to improve people's health and reduce pressure on health systems. These are just a few of the diagnoses coming out from our 2017 State of Health in the EU report. By offering comprehensive data and insights, we aim to support national health authorities in tackling the challenges and in making the right policy and investment choices. I hope they will make good use of it."

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