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Economic Evaluation in Healthcare in Europe - EEHE Working Group

ASPHER Working Group on Economic Evaluation in Healthcare in Europe
EEHE Working Group)

The ASPHER Working Group on Economic Evaluation in Healthcare in Europe has been launched and will have its first opening online discussion on 2nd of July, 2019

To particpate contact: Milena Pavlova, e-mail: 

Background: European countries are challenged to assure the sustainability of their health sectors and to safeguard the healthcare service funding and provision. There are no unique solutions given the diversity of the European health systems, country regulations, fiscal capacities, as well as differences in social values. Even so, health economics tools are largely accepted across the countries as indispensable instruments in the evaluation of healthcare goods, services and system reforms implemented or considered for implementation. These tools are of critical importance in decision-making for developing evidence-informed policies pertaining to all aspects of resource allocation. Such tools provide insights on how to improve efficiency and how to protect equity of both healthcare financing and provision. No doubt that human capacity in the area of healthcare economic evaluation is highly needed in Europe. Stunningly however, such capacity is essentially lacking in Eastern and South-Eastern European countries where healthcare resources are particularly limited and inefficiently allocated. There is a strong unmet need of coordinated educational and training efforts in the health economics area in this region.

Aim: The ultimate goal of the EEHE Working Group is to establish the current status, future needs and good practices in teaching healthcare economic evaluation in Europe and in particular in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The focus will be on both course content and educational approaches, also, encompassing exchange of best practices and know-how.  

Scope: The group will focus on European countries and especially on Eastern and South-Eastern European countries, where teaching and training programs related to healthcare economic evaluation are now being developed. The group will include partners from European countries, which could contribute to the aim of EEHE Working Group. Thus, the group will help to diffuse knowledge to less experienced partners and will provide insights on barriers and facilitators of implementing teaching and training programs on healthcare economic evaluation or public health programmes including economic evaluation as a core element.

Outcome: It is expected that the participation in this working group will enable institutional ASPHER members in Europe and also in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to review, renovate and expand their teaching and training material in the area of healthcare economic evaluation.

Group members: Below the list of partners who already agreed to participate in EEHE Working Group. Other partners will be attracted when the group starts its activities.

  • Department of Health Services Research, CAPHRI, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • CSFM, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
  • Department of Health Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College‎, Poland
  • Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria
  • Department of HTA, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University – Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • School of Public Health, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, the UK
  • JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine, Tirana, Albania
  • Nova School of Business and Economics, Carcavelos, Portugal

Each partner will be represented by 2 group members, who can replace each other when necessary.

For further information or to take part in the EEHE Working Group, contact:
Milena Pavlova, e-mail: