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Speeches from the launch of the 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index

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Last Updated (Monday, 09 February 2015 17:39) Written by Administrator Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:35

Keynote speech: “Health System Performance Assessment: reconciling the measurable with the meaningful”
Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Health commissioner

The EHCI 2014 outcomes
Dr. Arne Bjornberg, Health Consumer Powerhouse

"What is the secret behind the rapid growth of Macedonian healthcare performance?"
Nikola Todorov, Minister of Health of the Republic of Macedonia




The 2014 Euro Health Consumer Index

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Last Updated (Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:34) Written by Administrator Tuesday, 27 January 2015 06:59

In spite of financial crisis, European healthcare keeps improving – but the equity gap widens

The Netherlands stays on top, with many surprising moves among the 36 ranked countries

In spite of financial crisis-induced austerity measures, such as restrictions on the increase of healthcare spend, European healthcare keeps producing better results. Survival rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer are all increasing, even though there is much talk about worsening lifestyle factors such as obesity, junk food consumption and sedentary life. Infant mortality, perhaps the most descriptive single indicator, also keeps going down, and this can be observed in countries such as the Baltic states, which were severely affected by the financial crisis.

What is less encouraging is that the tendency of an increasing equity gap between wealthy and less wealthy European countries noted in the EHCI 2013 shows with increased clarity in the 2014 edition. A record of nine countries, all Western European, are scoring above 800 points of the maximum 1000. These are followed at some little distance by three more affluent countries (Austria, France and Sweden) “not quite making it” for different reasons. After those, there is a clearly visible gap to the next group of countries, where the first CEE and Mediterranean countries start appearing. This stratification is clearer in the EHCI 2014 than in any previous edition.


The ranking

The EHCI 2014 total ranking shows The Netherlands again widening the gap to country #2 from 19 points in 2013 to 43 points in 2014, (in 2012, the margin was 50 points), scoring 898 points out of 1000, an EHCI all time high. Beginning from Switzerland (855 points) down, the EHCI 2014 shows competition at the top getting much harder.

Bronze medallists are Norway at 851 points; the very high per capita spend on healthcare services finally paying off! Finland (4th, 846 points) has made a remarkable advance, and seems to have rectified its traditional waiting time problems! Denmark (5th, 836 points) has shown a continuous rise since the start of the comparisons.

Some eastern European EU member systems are doing surprisingly well, particularly the Czech Republic and Estonia, considering their much smaller healthcare spend. The FYR Macedonia is making the most remarkable advance in the EHCI scoring of any country in the history of the Index, from 27th to 16th place, largely due to more or less eliminating waiting lists by implementing their real time e-Booking system!

Some key conclusions

Consumer and patient rights are improving. In a growing number of European countries there is healthcare legislation explicitly based on patient rights and a functional access to your own medical record is becoming standard. Hospital/clinic catalogues with quality ranking used to be confined to two – three countries for years; the 2014 number of nine countries hopefully is a sign that something is happening in this area, supporting active consumer choice. Medical travel supported by the new EU patient mobility directive can accelerate the demand for performance transparency.

  • The financial crisis has resulted in a slight but noticeable increase of inequity of healthcare services across Europe
  • There is a widening performance gap between wealthy and poor European countries
  • Overall, medical treatment results keep improving
  • Delays and/or restrictiveness have been common on the introduction of novel pharmaceuticals.

About the EHCI

The Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI), the independent monitoring of healthcare in 36 countries, published its 8th edition January 27, 2015. Since 2006 this comparison of key values in healthcare, taking the patient and consumer point of view, has improved the understanding of European healthcare, empowered patients and helped addressing weaknesses. EHCI, and a wide range of disease-specific studies produced by the Health Consumer Powerhouse Ltd. (HCP) set standards for what could and should be achieved by modern, well-serving healthcare. The 50 Index productions are freely available at www.healthpowerhouse.com.

The EHCI 2014 has been supported by unrestricted grants from Medicover S.A., Belgium, and New Direction Foundation, Belgium.

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Euro Diabetes Index 2014

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 January 2015 19:07) Written by Administrator Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:00

The Euro Diabets Index 2014

Today September 17 the 2014 Euro Diabetes Index will be presented at the 50th Congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna. Here you can find all information about the launch and the index outcomes.


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Narrative guide to the 2014 Euro Diabetes Index

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:08) Written by Administrator Monday, 25 August 2014 17:24

This Guide has been produced by HCP to provide information for organisations who are involved in raising awareness about the Index and support you in your activities to use the Euro Diabetes Index in your countries. It includes:

  • Information about the Index, key findings, how it can be used and how it was produced
  • Specific information to support its Europe-wide launch at the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) on 17 September 2014
  • General information about diabetes to frame discussions about the Index
  • Templates and plans for national launches.

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HCP News August 2014

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Last Updated (Friday, 14 November 2014 08:30) Written by Administrator Wednesday, 20 August 2014 08:00

Welcome to follow the launch of the 2014 Euro Diabetes Index!

Where in Europe do you find the best diabetes care?
The new Euro Diabetes Index reveals where there has been improvement or standstill in the development of diabetes care in 30 countries


The 2014 Euro Diabetes Index will be presented September 17, during the EADS congress in Vienna (50th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes). 

Already in 2008 Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) analysed care conditions for people with diabetes. The very first Euro Diabetes Index (EDI) provided a platform for awareness and systematic improvement. Now is the time to assess progress over the past six years. What is in a pan-European best practice for diabetes – and what would it take to get there?

We have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the EDI congress seminar September 17 09:00 – 11:00, with a simultaneous, open-for-all webinar. (Physical attendance to the launch requires congress registration). Please register for the seminar by sending your name, title, organisation and “EDI launch seminar” no later than September 10 to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

To take part in the webcast, go to www.healthpowerhouse.com (web link to become active at launch day). This will allow you access for free to the launch seminar and to insert questions to the moderator. No registration is required for participation in the webinar.

Launch seminar program September 17:

Introduction and welcome
Johan Hjertqvist, HCP Founder & President.

Presentation of the Euro Diabetes Index 2014
Dr. Beatriz Cebolla, EDI project manager.

Panel comments:
What does the Index mean to the diabetes physician community?
Prof Thomas Wascher, President of the Austrian Diabetes Association (OEDG).

The usefulness of the index for advocacy, increasing awareness and pointing to good practice
Mrs Sandra Brsec, Croatia, IDF Europe board member.

"Aha! – a family doctors approach to diabetes prevention". Early detection of patients with an existing DTM2 through screening; a regional project in Schleswig.
Dr. med. Carsten Petersen, Diabetes-Schwerpunktpraxis Internistische Gemeinschaftspraxis SL, Germany.

Reviewing regional practices and performance in Slovenia after the implementation of the National Diabetes strategy
Dr. Jelka Zalatel, Co-Chair of National Diabetes Programme coordination group, Ministry of Health of Slovenia.

A good diabetes registry critical for articulating and measuring progress of diabetes policies
Dr. Fred Storms, Senior Advisor to CBO Dutch National Institute for Quality in Health Care, the Netherlands.

Integrated approach to tackle diabetes and other chronic diseases for a greater impact in European health: The Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (CHRODIS-JA)
Dr. Juan Riese, Spain, Scientific and Technical Advisor and Coordinator of the Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (CHRODIS-JA) Health Institute Carlos III.

Discussion, Q & A session, open for moderated webinar questions

Summary & close
Dr. Arne Björnberg, HCP chairman and head of Index production.
 

IDF Europe (International Diabetes Federation, European Region) has supported this project. The actual contribution to the EDI project was limited. A high number of patient organization representatives contributed giving their feedbacks on the indicators, filling out the online questionnaire.

The Euro Diabetes Index project has received an unrestricted research grant from MSD.

You are welcome to subscribe to the EDI newsletter. Please mail your name, e-mail address and "Newsletter" to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All published HCP indices are freely available at www.healthpowerhouse.com.

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