On Monday December 13th, the European Commission hosted a webinar to launch the 2021 edition of the State of Health in the EU Companion Report and the Country Profiles. The report and profiles are published by the European Commission in collaboration with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and are designed to be a one-stop-shop for knowledge and information on a country’s health system put into the perspective of a cross-EU comparison.
During the launch webinar, Ms Sandra Gallina, Director General of DG SANTE, the Commission’s Health department, welcomed the participants and highlighted the actions the European Commission has taken since the start of the pandemic, such as the Covid-19 vaccine procurements and the significant amount of funding that is made available for public health at EU level, both via the new EU4Health programme and the Recovery and Resilience Facility plans.
Subsequently, Ms Gallina highlighted the three main takeaways from the 2021 country profiles: the COVID-19 impact is huge, with complex consequences for health systems across the EU; digital innovations can provide efficient healthcare services; and there's an urgent need to better support the health workforce. Concluding her remarks, Ms Gallina emphasised the need for strong collaborations to build more resilient health systems.
Following the introductory remarks, the Country Health Profiles were presented by representatives from both the OECD and the Observatory. They highlighted that in addition to the significant impact of COVID-19, the continued impact of chronic diseases in Europe reflected in the country profiles should prompt Member States to prioritise disease prevention and health promotion measures.
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