April was a projects' month. With the WeCare project, we played a core advisory role to ensure patients' involvement, and we saw the closure of the InterQuality project that investigated the effects of financing systems on the quality of healthcare.
Patients’ role in affordable healthcare
In April the first in a series of five workshops took place under the We Care project that work “Towards a sustainable and affordable healthcare”.
As an associate partner, we played a core advisory role to ensure patients’ involvement is no longer considered as a cost-driver but as the essential part of the solution for cost-effective planning.
Health literacy, patients’ participation in the innovation process and an enabling healthcare environment were identified as core criteria.
Spend noT more but smarter
Since December 2010, the InterQuality project investigated the effects of financing systems on the quality of healthcare.
The knowledge gained from the 4-year research provided useful input for European countries. It helps them to choose the right financing mechanisms in different areas of their healthcare systems, according to their needs and resources, and to pay not more, but smarter.
The project examined ways of funding and incentive systems affecting the quality, effectiveness and equity of access to healthcare in four areas: pharmaceutical care, hospital care, ambulatory care and integrated healthcare.
The project outcomes are available on video.