Areas of expertise

July 2017

Demonstrating the added value of investment

It is shared and common prejudice that the costs for health care are rocketing and approaching the limits of affordability. This is not supported by evidence on expenditure over a 10 year period of economic change, intense health sector reform or consumer preferences and demand. A challenge shared by all European regional health systems in a financial climate where cost containment, restriction and rationalization of health care dominates is that health organisations need to be able to demonstrate the added value of investment and expenditure decisions. The health sector is much more than doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. The health sector absorbs large amounts of labour, commodities and research and thus creates incomes, which in turn flow back into the economic cycle of locations, regions and the overall economy. Within regions, health sector spending ranges from 5.5% to 11% of regional GDP. This is a significant level of economic activity. But it is not optimized to positively contribute to regional development agendas.

Role of the health care provider

Health care providers (increasingly blending with social care) have four roles that need to be developed and maintained synergistically: service provider, real economy player, facilitating social cohesion and ensuring environmental quality. This challenge is relevant for health and social care providers, regional governments and local municipalities, regional economic development agencies, SMEs and end-users.

In this context, the main areas of our expertise of HCN are:

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Joanna Lane


  1. Kelsey Randall says:


    I am looking to collaborate with Eveline CFM Louwers and potentially implement research with her collaboration. I would like to implement the Escape child abuse screening tool at my hospital.

    Your organization was listed as a place she is affiliated with. If you have any contact information about her that would be greatly appreciated.

    Ik ben op zoek om samen te werken met Eveline CFM Louwers en mogelijk onderzoek te implementeren met haar samenwerking. Ik wil de Escape kindermishandeling screening tool in mijn ziekenhuis implementeren. Uw organisatie is vermeld als een plaats waarbij ze is aangesloten. Als u contactgegevens over haar heeft, wordt dat zeer op prijs gesteld.

    Thank you,

    Kelsey Randall, MSN-FNP, CMSRN

    Pediatric/ Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

    Registered Nurse

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