Our mission

The purpose of the UEHP is to defend and represent the independent hospitals in Europe, to generate the political and economic conditions aiming to improve the independent initiative in the health field. Moreover UEHP studies and creates better conditions for the smooth management of independent hospitals. The priority of the UEHP is to promote high quality healthcare focused on the patient. The UEHP has as its objectives all matters related to the EU and particularly:
  • To co-ordinate initiatives for the free establishment of independent healthcare facilities in the Common Market, as well as the promotion of the internal market in the field of healthcare;
  • The study of conditions for participation of independent hospitals in the social hospital service in the countries of the European Union


At a time where political Europe is disintegrating, the Europe of private hospitalisation is beginning to organise itself

The mandate of the UEHP is clear. First of all, to promote private hospitals in Europe; a health care alternative that has become indispensable. In addition, private hospitals present a service that is complementary to the public hospitals system and thus helps to maintain healthy competition, which can only be beneficial to the patient. Finally, private hospitals show that it is possible to spend efficiently on care and at the same time, to offer effective quality of care.

The approach of the UEHP is so defensive because it is our responsibility to defend the views and interests of our members, the federations representing private hospitals in the member states of the EU.

The UEHP has always defended a European health care system model, a competitive situation between the public and private sectors, respecting common and shared rules, using resources rationally and productively, responding quickly to demand and constantly seeking to achieve quality and patient safety.

The guidelines of the UEHP conform to the priorities of the European institutions with a particular focus on the three main objectives for European health systems, specified in the joint declaration of the Ministers of Health of the member states of the EU, later transposed by the European Council: equality of access, quality of care and the sustainability of health systems.

If health is a national issue, Europe will have its say. Europe's health is moving and we have to be engine!

Dr. Paul Garassus
UEHP President

Dr Paul Garassus is also President of the French Health Economics Society (SFES); General Secretary and President of the Scientific Council of BAQIMEHP; involved in professional training at Business School and University.


General Assembly, Rome, 26th February 2016
25th Anniversary of the UEHP

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UEHP International Congress on the Modernization of Healthcare Systems and Health Sustainability
17-18 September Milan

Welfare and social protection are supreme European values. Europe is a great opportunity for citizens, ensuring a high level of health protection. Due to the global economic crisis and lately the immigration issue, we are facing severe challenges if these values are to be maintained.


"Health 2015: God willing..."


In the times of memorandum, if someone has the misfortune to become ill and chooses the public health system for the restoration of their health, coming to the Emergency Room of a hospital on duty, they will find that they have to wait for hours until it is their turn to be examined, regardless of their situation or the gravity of their problem, and if nothing more serious happens while they are waiting for their turn, then they should wait again in order to undergo the necessary diagnostic tests, if of course the machines aren’t out of order, and of course, if they need to be hospitalized, then a corridor will be “willing” to accommodate them. Situations of a Third World country, but true nevertheless.