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Europe 2020 State of Health in the EU Cycle

OECD, November 2020

This edition marks the start of a new State of Health in the EU cycle – an initiative launched to assist EU Member States in improving the health of their citizens and the performance of their health systems. “The foremost lesson learnt from the COVID‑19 pandemic is that there is no trade-off between lives and livelihoods. Public health and the global economy are inextricably linked. We cannot have one without the other. Healthy global economic systems depend on healthy citizens. Strengthening the preparedness and resilience of health systems will require additional resources. With the right investment – from better global public health governance, to stronger health information systems and support for a digital transformation of health systems – the return on the well-being of people and the functioning of economies and societies will be high and long-lasting.” The previous edition published in 2018, made a strong case for preventing and addressing the huge burden of mental health issues in Europe. The OECD sees this as an even greater priority now and calls on governments to promote the provision of early and fully integrated services in order to improve social and labour market outcomes for people with mental health problems.

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