Private companies are increasingly involved in providing a range of services in the hospital sector – in the medical sphere and in areas like catering and cleaning. Contracting out services to private operators is seen as one way to cut hospital waiting lists and manage budgets. A new report from Eurofound, Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector? examines the impact of private sector involvement in hospitals in terms of quality, efficiency and accessibility of services. The report finds that private providers complement rather than replace the services provided by the public sector. It concludes that an optimal approach would involve a more structured relationship between public and private hospitals rather than opting for on-the-spot contracting. This could reduce the tendency to select more profitable patients and to refer unscheduled complex cases to public hospitals.
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Press releases • Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT
Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.
News • Jan 27, 2017 15:26 GMT
Our new publication Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector? examines the role and contribution of the private provision of hospital services in the European Union. 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.
News • Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT
Developments in the field of employment and social affairs announced in the European Commission’s work programme for 2017 include initiatives to address the challenges of work–life balance faced by working families, a European Pillar of Social Rights aimed at fostering a fair playing field in the European social market economy, and a White Paper on the Future of Europe.
Care homes: cost of increased private provision could become barrier to user access unless subsidies rise
News • Nov 28, 2017 15:00 GMT
Eurofound’s new report Care homes for older Europeans: Public, private and not-for-profit providers is the most comprehensive exercise to date to gather all available data across Member States. The report provides a picture of the quality, accessibility and efficiency of services.
REMINDER Invitation to journalists: New report on care homes for older Europeans, launch event in Dublin, 28 November
News • Nov 20, 2017 13:03 GMT
Eurofound will launch its new report on care homes for older Europeans at a special event on Tuesday 28 November 2017 in Europe House, Dublin.
Blog posts • Jan 18, 2018 09:00 GMT
In this blog piece Eurofound Research Officer Daniel Molinuevo looks at the changes in care home provision for older Europeans since the economic crisis, and the rising importance of long-term care from both a social and economic perspective.