January 2022  
Renewing ourselves to build the future
The year 2022 remains under the strain of COVID-19. Our organisations continue to be involved in different stages of the fight against the virus: information, vaccination, critical care and rehabilitation, not to mention psychiatric care, as the pressure on individuals has been severe with deleterious physical and psychological consequences.
This year begins with the six-month French Presidency of the European Union. President Macron has stated his ambition that this period should be an opportunity for renewed ambition, that of strengthening our cooperation and developing opportunities. Faced with an unstable and tense environment, more than ever, social Europe and its expertise in health are fundamental values. We are pleased to announce that the UEHP has been invited to participate in meetings organised by the French Ministry of Health in the framework of the FPEU on the ethics of health data. We have already asked on many occasions that European sovereignty be given priority as well as the technological solutions with which our common space is equipped. On this occasion, we will have the opportunity to debate with DG SANTE but also with DG CNECT, allowing us to come back to our previous work on SMART HOSPITALS and cyber security.
We are gradually resuming our international meetings, while respecting health regulations. Strengthened by our common history, we must know how to renew ourselves in order to not only be true to our privileges or our habits, but rather to our principles and our responsibilities, which are to build the future. This spirit, which since the Treaty of Rome has animated UEHP founding fathers, now calls for the strengthening of our collaborative ties and the introduction of fundamental reforms in the collective interest. We are willing!
Europe is certainly the Europe of its institutions, but its history is the history of the men and women who built it. In this respect, we have lost a remarkable and dedicated advocate of our common space in the person of David Sassoli. Our commitment will remain true to the principles he embodied.
Dr Paul Garassus
President of UEHP
French Presidency of the Council of the EU
On 1 January 2022, for the first time in 14 years, France has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for a period of six months (1 January to 30 June 2022).
The Presidency of the Council organizes meetings, brokers compromises, submits conclusions and ensures the coherency and continuity of the decision-making process. It ensures good cooperation between all Member States and acts as a liaison between the Council and the European institutions, in particular the Commission and European Parliament. The French Presidency will focus on three emblematic and concrete priorities:
  • Digital technology: the priority will be the economic regulation and accountability of platforms, especially with regard to hate speech, with legislation on digital services and markets (DSA and DMA);
  • Ecological transition: the priority will be the establishment of carbon pricing at the EU borders for imported products. It is a matter of economic and ecological efficiency;
  • Social: the priority will be to establish European legislation on minimum wages.
The French Presidency will help prepare the Europe of tomorrow, laying the groundwork for far-reaching changes:
  1. new growth and investment model for the European Union and the euro area;
  2. European values, with protection instruments for our democracies;
  3. Young people, with the expansion of the Erasmus programme;
  4. Culture, with the Europe Academy bringing together some 100 academics from 27 countries in all subjects to enlighten European debate;
  5. Health, with a genuine joint research agency and major research plans, for example, for Alzheimer’s.
The French residency also seeks to meet citizens' expectations: proposed by France in 2019 and launched on 9 May 2021 in Strasbourg by the President of the Republic, alongside the President of the European Parliament, President of the Council and President of the European Commission, the Conference on the Future of Europe provides European citizens with a new forum for debate so that they can contribute to defining Europe’s future policy for the years and decades to come. Citizens can express their wishes and expectations on the futureu.europa.eu platform, in transnational panels and at numerous events organized in the Member States. In France, the government has put in place two mechanisms. Eighteen conferences with participating citizens chosen at random have been held in all French mainland and overseas regions, and broad online consultation has been conducted with 50,000 young French people. Recommendations made by citizens, in France and in Europe, have helped determine the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The work of the Conference on the Future of Europe will conclude in spring 2022, under the French Presidency. 
The European Parliament elects a new bureau
Following the sudden death of President of the European Parliament Mr David Sassoli, the Parliament elected a new President as well as Parliament’s new Bureau, with all 14 Vice-Presidents and five Quaestors.
Below the full list of elected MEP with the number of votes received.
President: Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta): https://the-president.europarl.europa.eu/en/
14 Vice Presidents:
  1. Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT) 536
  2. Pina PICIERNO (S&D, IT) 527
  3. Pedro SILVA PEREIRA (S&D, PT) 517
  4. Ewa KOPACZ (EPP, PL) 467
  5. Eva KAILI (S&D, EL) 454
  6. Evelyn REGNER (S&D, AT) 434
  7. Rainer WIELAND (EPP, DE) 432
  8. Katarina BARLEY (S&D, DE) 426
  9. Dita CHARANZOVÁ (Renew, CZ) 406
  10. Michal ŠIMEČKA (Renew, SK) 494
  11. Nicola BEER (Renew, DE) 410
  12. Roberts ZĪLE (ECR, LV) 403
  13. Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS (The Left, EL) 492
  14. Heidi HAUTALA (Greens/EFA, FI) 384
5 Quaestors:
  1. Anne SANDER (EPP, FR) 622
  2. Christophe HANSEN (EPP, LU) 576
  3. Monika BEŇOVÁ (S&D, SK) 487
  4. Fabienne KELLER (Renew, FR) 479
  5. Marcel KOLAJA (Greens/EFA, CZ) 344
Role of Vice-Presidents and Quaestors
The 14 Vice-Presidents and five Quaestors, together with the President, comprise Parliament’s Bureau. The Bureau lays down rules for Parliament’s smooth functioning. Among its other duties, it draws up Parliament’s preliminary draft budget and decides on administrative, staff and organisational matters.
In addition to their roles in the Bureau, Vice-Presidents can replace the President including in chairing plenary debates and in representing the Parliament at specific ceremonies or acts, when necessary. Quaestors deal with administrative matters directly affecting MEPs themselves, and they are members of the Bureau in an advisory capacity.
In electing the members of the Bureau, political groups aim to ensure that the  Vice-Presidents and Quaestors broadly reflect the numerical strength of the groups and take into account the voting results of the President's election.
More here.
European Private Hospital Awards
The European Union of Private Hospitals (UEHP) and the Portuguese Association of Private Hospitals (APHP), in partnership with Ernst & Young S. A. (EY), decided to promote the very 1st Edition of the European Private Hospital Awards.
This European initiative which will bring together a broad range of stakeholders, such as health authorities, healthcare providers, and relevant social partners, aims to showcase what private hospitals do best and support innovative European projects in various categories such as:
Best Prevention initiative
Best patient-focused initiative
Green Hospitals
Model of clinical innovation
Most advanced hospital in Value-Based Health Care
Workplace excellence
News coverage of the year
On the 3rd of January, the call for applications was launched and participants were invited to submit their projects until March 31, 2022.
The evaluation process, carried out by an independent international jury, will take place in April and May 2022 and the award ceremony will be held on the 23rd of June 2022, in Lisbon.
The European Private Hospital Awards will be an opportunity to disseminate good practices and projects which have an impact on the lives of citizens and the healthcare sector.
If you have a project in the listed categories, then be sure to let your project be known and participate!
For more information, please contact:
Ivone Werner | executiveassistant@uehp.eu | +351 937750674
Adoption of the second EU4Health work programme
In 2022, the EU4Health will continue to invest in building stronger, more resilient health systems and pave the way for the European Health Union.
With a budget of over €835 million, the new work programme will provide an unparalleled level of EU investment in health and ensure ambitious and decisive action in four focus areas: crisis preparedness, disease prevention, health systems and healthcare workforce, and digitalisation.
The EU4Health Programme supports building a European Health Union including the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, and the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, and the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority ('HERA').
The programme will provide funding to eligible entities from Member States, associated third countries, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector in the form of grants or procurement of specific services. NGOs will be able to apply through an open call for operating grants, as well as for action grants on various topics. The European Commission and the Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) will manage the programme.
More information:
2022 annual work programme
Arab Health Exhibition 2022 & Healthcare Sessions at Expo 2020
The week 25-28 January our President and Secretary General were in Dubai to attend the Arab Health Exhibition 2020, the leading medical equipment exhibition in the Middle East.
Presenting an exceeding range of healthcare products and services showcased by more than 3,500 exhibitors from across the world, Arab Health 2022 brought together more than 56,000 healthcare professionals eager to learn, network and trade.
Arab Health Exhibition 2022 was the opportunity for the global healthcare community to gather to connect and explore the latest health innovation.
Our President and Secretary General also had the chance to attend a number of sessions on healthcare services and medical tourism across the world organised in the various pavilions of Expo 2020 Dubai. 
EAVH 1st Year Anniversary
Last 30 November, the European Alliance for Value in Health celebrated its first year anniversary!
2021 has been a pivotal year for health policy in Europe, and the first year for the European Alliance for Value in Health.
A year ago, 11 associations (of which UEHP) launched the European Alliance for Value in Health, with a joint vision of a Europe where health systems are value-based, sustainable, and people-centred. The Alliance went on a mission to partner across sectors to facilitate health system transformation, by disseminating knowledge and best practices, and engaging with policy makers and stakeholders – at European, national, and regional levels.
In the first year EAVH managed to grow the Alliance to 12 partner associations representing patients, scientific and professional societies, healthcare managers, hospitals, regional health authorities and life-science industries, and also extend its network with 5 affiliated organisations, providing specific expert views to the Alliance (of which our Associate member Relyens).
Early March 2021 EAVH organised a first networking event, bringing together our partner associations and almost 50 member organisations. The aim was to connect attendees and inspire them to further collaborate on the topic of value in health. It was great to see how different healthcare stakeholders found so much common ground in working towards value-based health systems. The 6 key principles of the Alliance were seen as fundamental to the transformation, with 2 of them seen as particularly important by participants:
  • Outcomes that matter to people and patients, as well as benefits valued by health systems and societies, are at the centre of decision making
  • Financing models and payments reward value and outcomes
In the meantime, health system resilience was becoming a key topic for policy makers in Europe with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic becoming ever more clear. In the view of the Alliance, the issue of health system resilience would need to be put in a broader context of both immediate and long-term challenges for health systems, where a value-based and person-centred approach are central parts of the solution. For this reason EAVH wrote our policy paper ‘Health systems after COVID-19 – Building resilience through a value-based approach’, to demonstrate how the key principles championed by the Alliance can strengthen health system resilience both in emergencies and in times of normalcy.
Building on the policy paper, our public event ‘Lessons from the crisis: how a value-based approach can make health systems more resilient’ brought together a large audience and 10 highly qualified speakers across stakeholders to discuss the topic of health system resilience and the vision of the Alliance. Speakers agreed that a coherent set of policy changes is needed at all levels: Europe, national and regional. The event concluded with an important takeaway: the real danger is a return to the status quo, not the emergence of a new pandemic – we have a unique opportunity to reform and improve healthcare in Europe through a holistic system approach which we cannot afford to miss.
The Alliance will pick up the challenge towards 2022 and 2023 to deliver tangible materials focused on these enablers:
  1. value-based taxonomy to establish common definitions and terminology in the field of value in health – starting with the definition of ‘value’ itself. The taxonomy should arrive at broadly shared and supported definitions.
  2. value-based stakeholder engagement methodology to bring stakeholders together to start and drive a constructive dialogue on transitioning towards value-based health systems.
EAVH to take the next concrete step in facilitating the transition towards value-based, sustainable and people-centred health system in Europe. 
Here you can find the video message of our Secretary General, Ms Giannico, on behalf of UEHP supporting EAVH and celebrating its first year anniversary.
International Hospital Federation
Call for abstracts
The Call for Abstracts for the 45th IHF World Hospital Congress is already open. The Dubai Health Authority is hosting the Congress this year on 9-11 November at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DWTC) with the overarching theme “Global Learnings, Local Actions: Sustainable Healthcare”.
The Congress will once again bring together IHF members and other hospital, health service, and healthcare organization leaders and executives for multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, good practices, new ideas and innovations, and networking with peers from across the international healthcare community.
The Call for Abstracts is for short oral and poster presentations and open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity for your members and other colleagues to showcase their work on a global stage. Abstracts may be submitted for the following sub-themes:
  1. Improvements in Delivery of Care
  2. The People Agenda
  3. Green Hospitals 
Deadline for oral presentation abstracts is on 28th February and poster presentation abstracts is on 11th March. More information is available at here.
IHF would appreciate it if you could share this with your members and wider network. They prepared a marketing package with several materials you can use including newsletter article, flyer, social media posts, images, and email templates. They can be downloaded from Dropbox here.
If you need any specific materials or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the IHF team at congress@ihf-fih.org
Private hospitals in Indonesia, a growing and essential sector
Leona A. Karnali, CEO Primaya Hospital Group, Indonesia
What is the role of the private hospital sector in Indonesia?
The health system in Indonesia is in a kind of roll-out phase and is jointly supported by the public and private health sectors. According to Ministry of Health data, from January 2022, 62 % of hospitals are privately run (1935 vs 1191 public). The number of beds is still insufficient to meet the health care needs of more than 270 million people (1.18 beds per 1,000 inhabitants), but it is still above the WHO recommendations. Hospital Beds are unequally distributed across the country though and are affected by the logistics.
Private hospital groups began to form as early as the 1980s, as the government decided that the private sector could help develop the healthcare infrastructure. In 2014, the government introduced universal healthcare coverage (UHC), which allows people who could not previously afford to access care to do so. As of BPJS report 2019, the UHC affiliation consists of 224 million people (84% of total population), including 96 million people living in poverty.
To what extent do private hospital groups contribute to improving the public health service in Indonesia?
The improvement of health services concerns both the public and private sectors, they are both subject to the same quality and patient safety rules throughout the country, according to standardized criteria. The government selects the hospitals that can accommodate the UHC patients and these hospitals have to meet many requirements: accreditation, compliance with procedures, annual evaluation, quality monitoring and audits. Public hospitals have additional objectives such as training doctors, research, etc.
As a result, the gap in healthcare provision between the private and public sectors has narrowed considerably. The UHC has really helped to improve Indonesia's healthcare infrastructure, the supply of care and the overall quality.
Many of the private hospitals are currently accredited by the Ministry of Health and receive UHC patients. Some private hospitals only admit private patients, some admit both private and UHC patients, and some only focus on UHC patients. The Primaya Hospital Group has supported the government program from the beginning. It has chosen a case mix and accepts all patients (UHC and private). Having a large patient base allows us to increase our skills: organizational and professional with well-trained doctors and nursing staff.
As UHC tariffs have not been adjusted since 2016, having patients with private and company insurance also allows us to keep a balance. Private hospitals have no other source of financing than care, which leads us to innovate and invest constantly to stay in the race, to offer new technologies, treatments, and quality services.
How do you see the private hospital sector and care methods developing in the coming years in your country?
The development of the private sector is still in full expansion at the moment and for the years to come, if policies and the situation remain conducive. The Primaya Hospital Group with 14 hospitals has opened five new hospitals in 2021 (in 2020: 3) and is planning to build 2-3 more in 2022.
We hope to be able to develop all the necessary human resources, specialists, doctors, nurses, to support the infrastructure we need. Our country has much potential, especially in human resources. The competition in the hospital industry has increased and will continue to increase going forward, but it is also what pushes us to continue to be better, and as we grow, we are becoming more attractive for investors, patients, and job seekers. We are going to open our own nursing school soon.
Beyond infrastructure, the development of the healthcare sector will require a lot of cooperation between public and private sectors and we already have successful public/private partnerships in Indonesia, as evidenced by the success of the UHC program.
We are accredited by the international quality label JCI (Joint Commission International), and we would be very happy to exchange and collaborate with private health establishments in Europe on good practices (optimization of the use of equipment, organization, etc.), but also on innovation in health (digital technology, telemedicine).
Baby boom in Austrian private maternity hospitals

Coincidence or trend? 4 private maternity hospitals with less than 1,500 births registered a record number of newborns in 2021.
Baby-boom at the private clinic Graz Ragnitz, which experienced a 20% increase in births. In 2021, the obstetrics team welcomed 1,444 babies.
Already in 2020, the Private Clinic Wehrle-Diakonissen in Salzburg recorded the highest number of babies ever delivered in the facility. 2021 brought the clinic another increase with 733 births.
With 1,144 newborns in 2021, the Döbling Private Clinic in Vienna has recorded a peak in the number of births. Despite the pandemic, more children than ever before were born in the popular maternity.
The obstetrics department of the Goldenes Kreuz private hospital in Vienna, the largest private maternity ward in Austria, celebrated its centenary last year. In 2021, 1,652 babies were born there, a level never achieved before in the clinic's history.
Vote for health!

The health crisis still dominates the news. At least, it has made it possible to acknowledge the remarkable mobilisation of health actors while highlighting ways to improve the system itself.
In a few weeks' time, a major democratic event will take place in France: the presidential elections on 10 and 24 April, followed by the legislative elections. The French Federation of Private Hospitals hopes that the pre-electoral debates will enable us to learn the most useful lessons from the health crisis for the future, and above all will provide an opportunity for in-depth debates on health in our country.
We do not expect candidates to engage in a hyper-competition of announcements, battles over figures and Manichean postures. We expect the future President of the Republic to see the health sector as an opportunity and an asset, a source of high value-added employment, a factor of social cohesion and a source of innovation.
In order to fully contribute to disseminating this vision, the FHP has built up a campaign called "Vote for health!" (votonssante.fr), a set of very concrete proposals that we will present to the main candidates.
We would like the future head of state to give a powerful impetus to prevention, ecological transition, quality and relevance of care, the place of patients and e-health.
We hope that he or she will be able to bring together public and private actors around public service missions, in a balanced and equitable way, to meet the needs of patients in all territories, especially in places where access to care is currently problematic.
We expect her or him to be aware that in order to build the care society of tomorrow, it is imperative to massively train health workers, increase the attractiveness of the health professions and anticipate the skill requirements of the future.
Finally, we hope that at the top of the State, the need for a less compartmentalised, less fragmented governance of health, based on transparency, trust and contractual agreements will be fully perceived.
These are the messages that we are currently conveying by meeting the main candidates. Some of these messages are shared with the other professional federations, and transcend differences in status. Others, such as the issues of employment and training, are concerns that are widely shared with other European countries, and we must continue to work on them. The UEHP is the privileged framework for this.
COVID-19 vaccine study: Private clinics cooperate

Since the middle of last year, the Schön Klinik Düsseldorf and the Helios Klinik Berlin-Buch have been project partners of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in the multicentre COViK study. The COViK study is a hospital-based case-control study with the aim of gaining insights into the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
The study will run until June 2023 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The COViK study aims to determine the extent to which vaccinations can prevent severe illness from COVID-19. It is a case-control study that is being conducted with hospital patients at various locations throughout Germany. Targeted interim analyses serve to provide findings on the efficacy and safety of the vaccines administered in Germany as soon as possible. The participants will be enrolled in the study by the study staff at the study sites. The aim is to enrol > 3,000 patients (1:2 matching).
Vaccine effectiveness will be determined by comparing COVID-19 vaccination status in COVID-19 patients and control patients (SARS-COV-2 negative). Efficacy will also be assessed for the different vaccines and virus variants. In addition, the study will focus on COVID-19 vaccination in relation to severe diseases in different groups of people, e.g., the elderly and those with underlying chronic diseases. The duration of protection will also be estimated during the two-year recruitment phase.
Another focus of the study is the examination of COVID-19 patients who have previously been vaccinated. Immunological examinations will be carried out on these patients in order to exclude a possible amplification of the disease by vaccine antibodies (the so-called "antibody-dependent enhancement" (ADE) or "Vaccine Associated Enhanced Respiratory Disease" (VAERD)). In addition, the clinical course of a SARS-CoV-2 infection will be compared in vaccinated and non-vaccinated participating persons.
Article published in the January 2022 BDPK newsletter
FRANCE – Saint Roch Clinic, Cambrai
A sustainable development champion

Committed to a sustainable development approach since 2008, the Saint Roch Clinic in Cambrai has already exceeded the Paris Agreements.
The establishment in the north of France carried out its first carbon assessment in 2010 according to the concept: first measure, then act. In the wake of this, the teams applied the principles of an eco-gestures charter "that we put into practice every day with our employees", explains Fabien Leloir, quality and risk management manager.
Three carbon audits have followed and the next one is scheduled for 2022. "Scopes 1 and 2 are the mandatory parts of the assessment, which look at the direct emissions used for heating and cooling. Scope 3, on the other hand, is optional, but it is the most interesting because it refines the analysis by taking into account all the other forms of indirect emissions and makes sense. For example: the purchase of raw materials, services or other products, employee travel, upstream and downstream transport of goods, waste management, use and end of life of products and services sold, immobilisation of production goods and equipment, etc. In 2019, scope 3 represented 95% of the establishment's total greenhouse gas emissions, which means 3,243 tonnes of CO2 equivalent out of a total of 3,836 tonnes. While our initial objectives were to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, we achieved a 52% reduction."
The Clinique Saint Roch has already exceeded the Paris Agreements, which set a 40% reduction by 2030!
The Clinique Saint Roch was EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certified from 2013 to 2019 and is currently continuing to apply EMAS values in its actions.

UEHP at Arab Health Exhibition 2022 & Healthcare Sessions at Expo 2020
4th February, Paris
UEHP General Assembly