Wednesday 25th July 2018  
United in performance
Sports victories belong to the sportsmen. Nonetheless, the recent FIFA World Cup reminded us of the importance of Europe in this world event.
Five of the eight quarter-finalist teams were European, then all semi-finalists, and therefore the two great teams in the final. Europe succeeds, it attracts migrants because it is a privileged social space but it is also a competitive whole at the highest level.
The global balance is weakened by trade disputes, Europe must remain united. It is a vector of success and integration.
Europe remains a great idea, a real project. Civil society organizations play a participatory role in changing welfare states policies. We must be propositional regarding what OECD recommends under the term of "global deal" which opens the dialogue with governments and administrations and allows to show the talent of the managers of the private sector in an economic regulation aiming at quality and efficiency at the service of the citizens.
We defend performance analysis which is the only method to maintain quality services while ensuring balanced budgets.
We wish you all a pleasant and useful holiday and look forward to seeing you again in September with all the necessary energy to succeed in our common missions.
Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP
UEHP in China
On 18-20 July, the UEHP Secretary General, Ms Giannico, represented the private hospitals in Europe at the congress “Hospital Managament Asia: China Edition”, organised by Hospital Management Asia in Wuxi, China.
Hospital Management Asia (HMA) is the region’s leading thought leadership platform for senior-level decision makers in hospitals and the healthcare industry.
UEHP supported the conference as international partnering organisation, together with the International Hospital Federation, which operates worldwide.
Although the focus of the conference was on the Chinese healthcare sector, the congress included various speakers and experts from around the world, such as the Apollo Hospital Group in India, Siemens Healthineers, IHF, the Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers, etc.
Programme highlights included plenaries discussing the future trends of Healthy China 2030, the impact of block-chain technology in healthcare and innovation projects in hospitals, the future of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Industry, Quality & lean management in hospitals, how to build trust toward healthcare pratictionners and China’s private medical market development opportunities.
The participants also had to chance to learn more about the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative – an effort by the Chinese government to recreate the Silk Road through infrastructure projects that connect Asia, Europe and Africa, and its impact on the development of healthcare.
The conference ended with a tour of the Wuxi n.2 People’s Hospital, a huge and modern public hospital built two years ago. The visit, conducted by a team of doctors and nurses, aimed at showing the participants the latest developments in treatments, outpatient/inpatient models, organisation and structure of the hospital wards, app for nurses for constant monitoring, etc.
All participants were amazed by the hugeness of the hospital site, as well as by its functioning.
The priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
With the motto “A Europe that protects”, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2018.
The Austrian government will focus on the following areas during its presidency :
  • security and the fight against illegal migration
  • securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation
  • stability in the neighborhood. This one also includes the goal of supporting the continued efforts of the Western Balkan countries to move closer to the EU.
In addition, Austria will advocate strengthening the principle of subsidiarity: the EU should focus on big issues requiring a joint solution and take a step back when it comes to smaller matters where Member states (or regions) are in a better position to take decisions.
On healthcare and social protection, the Austrian programme focuses on four
main topics :
1/ Fair working conditions for everyone
New modes of work that arise due to digitalisation require a shared understanding and common rules within the Single Market to avoid distortion of competition.
2/ Mobility, health and safety at the workplace and accessibility
Based on the progress made under the Bulgarian Presidency, the Austrian Presidency will continue the negotiations on the revision of the Regulation on the coordination of social security systems.
3/ Health and consumer protection
Austria will continue the work started by the Bulgarian Presidency on the Regulation on Health Technology Assessment, with the aim of preparing a progress report.
4/ Women and gender equality
Two main goals are at the centre of the Austrian Presidency’s objectives. The first goal is to promote an open and futureoriented dialogue on gender equality. Second, to advance the strengthening and institutionalisation of the discourse on gender equality on the EU political agenda.
Today Austria will present its priorities to the European Parliament during the plenary session in Strasbourg.
If you want to know more, please visit the website of the Austrian Presidency:
Download the full the programme here (in DE and EN):
Horizon Europe, the new EU funding programme for R&I : which place for healthcare?
This June the European Commission announced its proposal for the next EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe. The proposal confirms the “Brussels rumours” about un augmented budget for the new programme after 2020: €94,1 billion over seven years plus a set of other programmes on digital innovation, innovation finance and regional development for a total of €100 billion.
This budget imwill be distributed over three main areas: 
  • open science,
  • global challenges/industrial competitiveness,
  • open innovation.
What are the novelties introduced by Horizon Europe?
The structure described above shows the difference with the three main pillars of Horizon 2020, that is Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges.
A mission will consist of a portfolio of actions intended to achieve measurable goals within a set timeframe, with impact for science and technology, society and citizens that goes beyond individual actions. 
A mission will generate more impact, achieve better outreach, improve cross-sectoral and cross- disciplinary cooperation, encourage a systemic approach and align R&I instruments and EU agendas. Concrete missions will be co-designed with Member States, stakeholders and citizens during implementation (strategic planning).
Partnerships with public or private sector partners can achieve certain Horizon Europe objectives more effectively than the Union alone. A new generation of objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships in support of agreed EU policy objectives are planned to be set. 
The most important novelty in this field is the introduction of a new type of action, that is the “Innovation and market deployment actions” to focus on innovation to market, company scale up, blended finance.
Despite the increase in the total budget (Horizon Europe: €94,1 billion / Horizon 2020: €77 billion), the budget provisionally allocated to the “health” cluster under Pillar II is of €7,7 billion. This amount is not in line with the total budget increase and will evidently be not enough to effectively address the challenges associated with health research. Moreover, this budget confirms a decrease of funding for health over time and across Framework Programmes, as health was previously allocated 12 per cent under the 7th Framework Programme, 10 per cent under Horizon 2020 and now 8 per cent in the Horizon Europe proposal. 
UEHP joins the concern expressed by main stakeholders in Brussels stating that this downward trend must be reverted for the benefit of European research, and especially for our common patients. 
Helios Reha hospitals join the quality rating platform
Good day for quality data transparency in hospital. The 19 Helios rehabilitation clinics and the 3 Helios outpatient rehab centers have joined the quality rating platform qualitätskliniken.de, where patients can consult and benchmark data related to quality of medical treatment, patient safety, patient satisfaction, physicians satisfaction, ethics, etc. in hospitals. The plarform includes data of more than 450 private, private-non profit and public hospitals.
"We are convinced that quality measurements have to be made transparent if they are to have any effect," explains Professor Matthias Köhler, medical director of Helios Reha in the latest BDPK newsletter.
As regard to transparency in quality management, private hospital groups in Germany have taken the lead with the creation of two institutes: IQM and Qualitätskliniken.de-4QD, joined under an umbrella organization: the SIQ foundation for quality management (Stiftung Initiative Qualitätskliniken).
The Council of Ministers adopts draft law on 6% GDP to be spent on health
The Council of Ministers has adopted a proposed update on the law changing the law on the provision of health care services financed using public resources. The government decided that health care spending will be growing gradually, up to 6% of the GDP in 2024, or the year earlier than planned before. This solution fulfills one of the more important points of the agreement signed on February 8 by the Health Minister with intern doctors.
According to the draft, in 2018-2023, health care financing will represent the equivalent of the following, or more:
  • 4.78% of the GDP in 2018 (4.67% at present)
  • 4.86% of the GDP in 2019 (4.86%)
  • 5.03% of the GDP in 2020 (5.03%)
  • 5.30 of the GDP in 2021 (5.22%)
  • 5.55 of the GDP in 2022 (5.41%)
  • 5.80 of the GDP in 2023 (5.60%)
Junior doctors undergoing specialized training as part of their internships in fields which are non prioritized will receive a raise of PLN 600/month (EUR 150), while those in priority fields will get PLN 700/month (EUR 175). In order to receive greater basic salary, doctors will have to pledge to work a total of two years over the five-year period following the specialist training at a medical institution financed with public funding. Funds needed for the basic salary hikes will be given to institutions which employ the doctors based on a contract with the Ministry of Health.
New regulations allow for the elimination of the opt-out clause, which allows employees to work more than 48 hours a week in a given time period, upon their agreement.
First stone of the most western private hospital in Europe
HIA wants to put the Azores on the route of international medical tourism
Last June 19th, the first stone of the most Western private hospital in Europe, the future International Hospital of Azores (HIA), was laid. The hospital will be built in Lagoa, on the island of São Miguel, next to Nonagon – Science and Technology Park.
At the presentation ceremony, which preceded this symbolic moment, Luís Miguel Farinha, President of HIA, explained that this hospital, focused on generalist care, with 44 medical specialties, will be at the service of the entire population of the archipelago, resident or temporary, aiming to fill a clear gap in the region and "contributing decisively to the development of the municipality of Lagoa. The efforts and collaboration of the local authority were crucial for the choice of the location». Luís Miguel Farinha stressed that HIA also represents a strong bet on health tourism, keeping in mind the Azorean community abroad. In this respect, several partnerships are already being developed between regional entities in order to place the Azores on the route of international medical tourism.
The Mayor of Lagoa, Cristina Calisto, added that this was an investment within the Lagoa Investe program, a framework to support and encourage economic initiatives of municipal interest, which reflects "a great ambition of the Municipality". The President of the Regional Government, Vasco Cordeiro, emphasized that HIA was a sign of the confidence of private investors in the economy of the region and that it will contribute to enhance the quality of Azorean access to health care.
HIA will have an area of 12,500 m2, divided into 3 floors, 350 employees and represents an investment of 30 million euros. It is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020.
Leading European private hospital groups
PremiQaMed Group, Austria
What is the PremiQaMed Group position in the Austrian Healthcare market?
The PremiQaMed Group, created in 1991, ranks among Austria's top private hospitals. Its five acute care clinics in Vienna, Salzburg, Styria, welcomed in 2017 more than 44.600 inpatient-cases from home and abroad, 4.218 births and 195.000 hospital days. The group employs 1.800 professionals and counts 674 beds. PremiQaMed stands for sustainable, innovative and responsible management of health care facilities with a focus on top quality and top performance. The group clinics, renowned for their high level of care, efficiency and service orientation, enjoy an outstanding patient satisfaction level : 96% for medical treatment and care and 96,7% for recommandation.
What are the latest news of the PremiQaMed Group?
PremiQaMed is following an ambitious investment plan in order to ensure state-of-the-art medical services and facilities. Among the latest projects a 9 million Euro investment plan for the acute care Clinic Graz Ragnitz, with the building of a fifth operating room, additional modern office capacities and the construction of an extension with 14 single rooms. Besides, PremiQaMed is about to begin with the transfer on one site of two of its clinics in Salzburg. The new clinic will become one of the most modern hospital in the area, attractive for practitionners and patients, offering a comprehensive medical spectrum including a maternity, acute care and extended diagnostics and a dialysis center.
PremiQaMed received in November 2017 the Silver award from Best Recruiters, placing the group at the second place among Austrian top recruiter in the health/social care sector.
What is PremiQaMed roadmap for the coming years?
PremiQaMed’s main target is to implement its new quality management strategy, which is based on three fields (top results, top quality, top cooperation) and nine strategy goals like patient satisfaction enhancement, service and medical spectrum development, quality and processes optimization, employee career and satisfaction, digitalization, etc.
Besides, Innovation and new technologies belong to PremiQaMed ongoing development strategy. Since 2017, all PremiQaMed clinics have a fully equiped Intensive Care Unit with high tech equipments and medical teams available 24h/day. New surgical techniques are also available to patients thanks to investments in high-end equipments and the technical ability of PremiQaMed surgeons and practitioners. For instance, since a few months, men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia can benefit from a minimally invasive surgical procedure, a prostate artery embolization (PAE) at the Confraternity Private Clinic in Vienna.
Another point on the agenda this year will be the follow up of the EU general data protection regulation (GDPR).
What are the main challenges that the private healthcare sector in Austria is facing?
The main question is not what private clinics can do more, rather which importance is given to private healthcare. The performance of private hospitals in Austria has tremendously increased in recent decades - and the growing number of patients also speaks for itself. PremiQaMed clinics are modern companies, in which most of operations and treatments of the medical service spectrum can take place.
Private hospitals are subject to the same regulations as non private for profit hospitals, but are not paid the same. For years, we have been raising our voice for funding that follows the principle of equal money for equal performance.
28 September 2018
Warsaw (Poland)
UEHP Council meeting
3 - 5 October 2018
Bad Hofgastein, Austria
European Health Forum Gastein