Country Health Profiles presented at the 2023 European Union Health Policy Platform Annual Meeting

Jointly developed by the Commissione, OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, country reports are a key element of the EU State of Health in the EU cycle

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The fourth edition of the Country Health Profiles and Synthesis Report was launched on 15 December at a virtual event organized by the European Commission.

The Country Health Profiles are a key element of the European Commission’s State of Health in the EU cycle, a knowledge brokering project developed with financial support from the European Union.

Each Country Health Profile encompasses:

  • A concise overview of the country's health status.
  • An examination of health determinants, focusing on behavioral risk factors.
  • Insights into the organization of the health system.
  • An analysis of the effectiveness, accessibility, and resilience of each health system.

This framework aligns with the objectives outlined in the Commission's Communication on effective, accessible, and resilient health systems.

The Country Health Profiles 2023 specifically address health system challenges post-COVID-19, providing analytical insights into national health systems with a dedicated focus on mental health. Additionally, they shed light on health system reforms and investments made in response to the pandemic.

Where applicable, the Country Health Profiles 2023 establish links between analytical insights and significant EU health policy initiatives within the framework of the European Health Union. Notable 

initiatives include Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, and the European Health Data Space.

Complementing the individual profiles, a Synthesis Report distills key messages from the 29 Country Health Profiles, offering a comprehensive summary of the 2023 edition.

All reports can be found here: https://health.ec.europa.eu/state-health-eu/country-health-profiles_en

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The 2023 edition of the Country Health Profiles provides an overview of important aspects related to health including for the first time a special focus on mental health and the availability of related services