Delivering Hospital Services: A Greater Role for the Private Sector?
[Excerpt] 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.
European Union; hospital services; medical services; private provision; public sector