HOPE promotes improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe

HOPE is fostering efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital and healthcare services. HOPE promotes improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe, fostering efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital and healthcare services. Two major goals have been set up in HOPE since its creation: to develop and maintain information and to advise members.

Comparative activity

HOPE is involved in numerous comparative, exchange and dissemination activities such as: economic and financing issues; human resources; organisation of care and health system.

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Working Areas

With the development of the internal market the influence of EU legislation on hospitals and healthcare services increased and since then HOPE is also involved in the European Union decision making process. The scope of influence ranges from human resources issues, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technologies (eHealth), tissues, cells, blood, organs, etc.

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European Projects

HOPE participates to projects funded by European Commission on several aspects of health and all related to hospital activity.

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General Report on the Activities of HOPE

Every year HOPE produces a general report on its activities. The reports of the last years can be downloaded below. Reports from previous years may be requested by email to sg@hope.be.


Position papers

HOPE prepares position papers and replies to consultations through which it expresses its view towards EU policymakers and to act as a principal source of advice on hospital and health affairs.

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HOPE Updates

HOPE produces a regular e-newsletter which focuses on work in progress and relevant developments at EU level.

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HOPE Agora Reports

Every year, the Exchange Programme focuses on a different topic. At the end of the Programme, all participants are invited to share their experiences during the HOPE Agora. HOPE Central Office is in charge of collecting these evidences in the HOPE Agora Report.

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Comparative key figures

Per capita expenditure on inpatient care

Average lenght of stay in acute care hospitals

Bed occupancy rate

The share of health expenditure devoted to inpatient care embraces current expenditure in inpatient institutions for acute, chronic and convalescent care, including public and private hospitals. In 2011, per capita expenditure on inpatient care represented almost the 35% of overall healthcare spending.

The average length of stay represents the proportion between the total occupied hospital bed-days and the total number of admissions or discharges.
Since 1980 the average length of stay in acute care beds has been constantly reducing in all EU Member States. Between 2000 and 2011 it dropped off by 1 bed-day in ´EU15` and ´EU13`.

The occupancy rate for acute care beds mirrors how intensively hospital capacity is used. In the 28 European Member States the occupancy rate has been relatively stable at a level of 77% – 78% of acute care beds since 1996, increasing by 1-2 percentage points compared to 1980. As showed in the chart, in 2011 it was on average 76%, but the gap between the highest and the lowest value was 43 percentage points.

Per capita expenditure on inpatient care

2012 – 201356%

Bed occupancy rate

2012 – 201312%

Average lenght of stay in acute care hospitals

2012 – 201385%