Financing is not a new item for HOPE. Since its origin, several publications have been produced and many events have been organized around this topic. The purpose was and still is fostering the comparison of the financing of healthcare systems within the EU Member States.

The first documents published have been: “Strategy, Tactics and cost of Health Care Provisions” in 1976, “Methods of Cost Containment in Hospitals” in 1978 and “Cost Containment and Clinical Budgeting in Europe” in July 1988. In 1998, HOPE released “Trends in Hospital Financing” and in 1999 settled a conference in Berlin in collaboration with the German Hospital Federation (DKG). Financing is also at the heart of several other issues and was discussed during an event co-organised in Paris in January 2005 with the International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) entitled “Private or Public Hospitals? Which choice for health insurance tomorrow”. The topic was also addressed  in the publication of 2003 “Health as a Growth Factor a Comparative Analysis”, as well as in “Waiting Lists and Waiting Times in Health Care – Managing Demand and Supply” of 2001.

EU Projects

Health benefits and service costs in Europe

Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe: Towards Efficiency and Quality

Pharmaceutical Health Information System


Trends in Hospital and Financing

Health as a Growth Factor a Comparative Analysis

Waiting Lists and Waiting Times in Health Care – Managing Demand and Supply