Capital Investment for Health
Case Studies from Europe
Observatory Studies Series, No. 18
Rechel, B., Erskine, J., McKee, M., Dowdeswell, B., Wright, S.
WHO Regional Office for Europe
ISBN-13    9789289041782 ISBN-10    9289041781
Order Number    13400091 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    40.00 / US$    48.00 Developing countries:    CHF    28.00
English     2009        208   pages
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Capital investment in European health systems has to take account of an array of challenges and opportunities: the demographic and epidemiological transitions associated with an ageing population; advances in medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; rising public expectations; and persistent health inequalities.

This volume presents 11 case studies from across Europe and these offer a variety of perspectives on current issues relating to health capital investment and ways of trying to meet present challenges as well as those of the future. The case studies include the Orbis Medical Centre, Sittard, and the Martini Hospital, Groningen (both in the Netherlands); the St Olav s Hospital in Trondheim (Norway); the New Karolinska Solna Hospital in Stockholm (Sweden); the Coxa Hospital in Tampere (Finland); the Rhön Klinikum Group (Germany); the John Paul II Hospital in Krakow (Poland); the Alzira model in the Valencia region (Spain); regional planning in Northern Ireland and Tuscany (Italy); and the Private Finance Initiative (England).

This book offers policy-makers, planners, architects, financiers and managers practical illustrations of how health services can be translated into capital asset solutions and aims to expand the evidence base on how to improve the long-term sustainability of capital investment.