The OCED report “Health at a Glance: Europe” compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across the 27 EU member states, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behavior of their citizens, risk factors, health expenditure and financing, and quality and accessibility of care. The 2020 edition of the report sets focus on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on European health systems and their ability to contain and respond to the pandemic. Further emphasis lays on the health and welfare burden of air pollution as another major public health issue in European countries. SHARE has been involved for evidence on chronic diseases and disabilities among older people, especially to understand the prevalence and distribution of chronic diseases across Europe, across age and between women and men.
The report is the first step in the State of Health in the EU cycle, an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2016 to assist EU member states in improving the health of their citizens and the performance of their health systems.