Within the OECD, most of the work on health is carried out by the Health Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs.
Our mission – advising policy makers and informing public and private stakeholders and citizens on how to address demands for more and better quality healthcare – is particularly important with public budgets under strain. We develop reliable statistics of health system performance and help countries benchmark their policies against high-performing health systems.
To learn more about our areas of work, download our brochure.
POLICY RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
HEALTH POLICY STUDIES
For reports published before 2018, please visit our Health Publications Archives page.
HEALTH STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS
Also access the Country Health Profiles 2023, released in December 2023, and which are part of the State of Health in the EU Cycle.
EU Country Cancer Profiles 2023
The Country Cancer Profiles identify strengths, challenges and specific areas of action for each of the 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, to guide investment and interventions at the EU, national and regional levels under the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The European Cancer Inequalities Registry also supports Flagship 1 of the Zero Pollution Action Plan.
Each Country Cancer Profile provides a short synthesis of:
The Profiles are the work of the OECD in co-operation with the European Commission. This is the first edition of the EU Country Cancer Profiles 2023, published on 1 February 2023.
COUNTRY HEALTH PROFILES 2023
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. Based on a consistent methodology using both quantitative and qualitative data, the Country Health Profiles offer a concise and policy-relevant overview of health and health systems in the EU/European Economic area, highlighting the unique characteristics and challenges in each country.
The 2023 edition of the Country Health Profiles presents a synthesis of various critical aspects, encompassing:
These Profiles are the result of a collaborative partnership between the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, working in conjunction with the European Commission. They are released biennially, alternating with the publication of Health at a Glance: Europe. This marks the fourth edition of Country Health Profiles, published on December 15, 2023.
OECD REVIEWS OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The OECD Reviews of Public Health provide in-depth analysis and policy recommendations to strengthen priority areas of countries’ public health systems, highlighting best practice examples that allow learning from shared experiences, and the spreading of innovative approaches.
Topics covered within this series of health reviews include unhealthy diets and obesity, preventing harmful alcohol use, health checks and preventive screening, responding to public health emergencies, and more.
OECD SERIES ON HEALTHCARE QUALITY REVIEWS
The synthesis report, Caring for Quality in Health: Lessons learnt from 15 reviews of healthcare quality, was released on January 10, 2017.
Country reports released for Korea and Israel (in 2012), Denmark and Sweden (in 2013), Norway, the Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey (in 2014), Australia, Italy and Portugal (in 2015), the United Kingdom (2016).
Access the press releases and Assessment and recommendations for each country on the dedicated Reviews of National Healthcare Quality page.
The country reports are available for download on the OECD iLibrary.
OECD REVIEWS OF HEALTH SYSTEMS SERIES
All reviews are accessible via the country reports homepage.
For a description of health systems by country, visit the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies' Health Systems in Transition (HiT) series. And visit their new platform for a detailed description of health systems and up-to-date information on reforms and changes.
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