Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector?

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27 January 2017
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27 January 2017
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Abstract

In the past 10 years there has been a substantial increase in the number of for-profit private hospitals, while the number of public hospitals decreases. This has been heightened by the recent economic and financial crisis where hospital closures have created new opportunities for private providers. What are the consequences of higher private sector involvement for the quality, accessibility and efficiency of services? This report examines the role and contribution of private provision of hospital services in the European Union. It maps the extent of private provision across Europe, examines the drivers for increased private provision, describes how it takes place, and presents the views of different stakeholders. The report also analyses the implications of private provision for the public sector and for the efficiency, accessibility and quality of the services delivered. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    72
    Reference No: 
    EF1653
    ISBN: 
    ISBN 978-92-897-1565-2
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-07-16-076-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/96428
    Catalogue info

    Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector?

    In the past 10 years there has been a substantial increase in the number of for-profit private hospitals, while the number of public hospitals decreases. This has been heightened by the recent economic and financial crisis where hospital closures have created new opportunities for private providers.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16531
    Catalogue info

    Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector? - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    This report examines the role and contribution of the private provision of hospital services (both for-profit and non-profit) in the European Union, with a focus on medical services. The report maps the extent of private provision across Europe, examines the drivers for increased private provision, describes how it takes place and presents the views of different stakeholders. The report also analyses the implications of private provision for the public sector and for the efficiency, accessibility and quality of the services delivered. The research involved contributions from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents, a literature review to identify studies analysing the link between hospital ownership and the services delivered, and six national case studies highlighting factors that influence service delivery. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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