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Health - Taking the temperature of European healthcare
“To provide policy-makers with high-quality information that will allow them to make informed decisions on health care services and costs across the European Union.”

The problem

European decision-makers charged with creating effective policies for health services often like to study what other countries are doing in order to learn from good practice there and to deliver cost-effective services. However, to do this accurately, they need reliable cost comparisons of Europe’s different health systems. Collating and comparing such expenses is a huge challenge – research must identify variations in the cost of treating similar individuals in different countries. All aspects of a health system must be examined to obtain a full picture of the costs and benefits of health care.

HealthBASKET  Working out health benefits and costs in Europe


HealthBASKET will use data from nine Member States that represent various types of health care systems to:

  • Describe how different countries define the services they provide by analysing the structure and contents of ‘benefits catalogues’ – or ‘baskets’
  • Develop a common framework for the proposed cost comparisons
  • Review methodologies that are used to assess costs and prices of services, and identify best practice
  • Assess cost variations between and within countries using short case studies that examine both in-patient and out-patient settings

Contribution to policy development:

  • HealthBASKET will give the EU’s Public Health Programme useful tools and methodologies which can be used to gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of health care interventions
  • Project results will feed into activities that seek to promote best practice in the health sector
  • It will provide policy-makers with the information they need to understand how people use other national health services

Project deliverables

  • Health benefits report for all project member countries – Month 12
  • Report into health costs for all project member countries – Month 17
  • Draft case studies on in-patient and out-patient care needs – Month 18
  • Assessment of services and costs for project member countries – Month 33
  • Final report and recommendations – Month 36


  • Publish work in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences – ongoing
  • Feed information on project into major international health organisations – as necessary
  • End-of-project workshop to include external experts from outside the project – Month 36
  • Web space on the European Health Management Association website – Month 36

Technical information

Project acronym: HealthBASKET
Project’s official full title: Health Benefits and Service Costs in Europe
Research priority: Health determinants and the provision of high quality and sustainable health care services and pension systems (in particular in the context of ageing and demographic change)
Specific webpage:
Proposal/contract no: 501588
Start date: Not available
Kick off meeting: Not available
Completion date: Not available
European Commission scientific officer: José Luis Bilbao Guerrero (

Name: European Health Management Association
Abbreviated name: EHMA
Address: Vergemount Hall, Clonskeagh, Dublin 6
Country: Ireland
Tel: + 353 1 283 9299
Fax: + 353 1 283 8653


Name: Berlin University of Technology
Abbreviated name: TUB
Country: Germany

Name: Bocconi University
Abbreviated name: BOC
Country: Italy

Name: Centre for Health Economics, University of York
Abbreviated name: CHE
Country: United Kingdom

Name: Danish Institute for Health Services
Abbreviated name: DSI
Country: Denmark

Name: Ecole Nationale de Santé Publique
Abbreviated name: ENSP
Country: France

Name: Erasmus University
Abbreviated name: IBMG
Country: The Netherlands

Name: Jagellonian University of Cracow
Abbreviated name: JUMC
Country: Poland

Name: Semmelweis University of Medical Sciences
Abbreviated name: SEM
Country: Hungary

Name: Universitat Pompeu
Abbreviated name: UPF
Country: Spain