Optimising Healthcare Provision in Europe: New Eurice Project PECUNIA Launched

Interdisciplinary H2020 project aims to improve data comparability for evidence-based healthcare decisions within and across countries

The recently started European research project PECUNIA (“ProgrammE in Costing, resource use measurement and outcome valuation for Use in multi-sectoral National and International health economic evaluAtions“) aims to establish standardised costing and outcome assessment measures for optimised national healthcare provision in the European Union. Coordinated by Professor Judit Simon at the Medical University of Vienna, the three-year-project brings together ten partners from six countries with complementary methodological expertise. Rapidly ageing societies, growing populations and new health technologies have dramatically increased EU healthcare costs: Between 1972 and 2010, public health expenditure has risen from 4.5% to 8% of national income across the EU. Especially long-term and multi-morbidities as well as mental health diseases pose a major financial burden to European healthcare systems. The European research project PECUNIA aims to tackle this challenge by developing new standardised, harmonised and validated methods for the assessment of costs and outcomes of healthcare interventions within and across European countries. The methods and tools to be developed within PECUNIA will be used to enhance efficient and evidence-based collaborative care models and inter-sectoral funding arrangements to improve chronic and mental health care in all EU health systems.

The research endeavour is based on a unique multi-national, multi-sectoral and multi-person approach. “At least a quarter of the total direct cost impact of healthcare interventions affects other economic sectors, so we will also consider data from sectors such as social care, education, criminal justice, employment and productivity,” said Project Coordinator Judit Simon from the Department of Health Economics, Center for Public Health of the Medical University of Vienna. “Our goals are ambitious: We are joining forces from different academic fields to develop methods for the comprehensive overview of the cost and outcome impacts of healthcare interventions for European societies and provide direct comparable solutions.”

PECUNIA is funded with a total budget of €2.99 million over the next three years by the European Commission’s current Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The consortium consists of ten partners with multi-disciplinary academic backgrounds in medicine, economics, public health, health economics, psychology and sociology.

Eurice supports PECUNIA as management and dissemination partner pursuing an integrated project management approach. Our team is in charge of the administrative, financial and contractual management as well as the organisational coordination. Additionally, Eurice creates the project website and dissemination materials and gives strategic advise on dissemination and exploitation activities.

PECUNIA officially kicks off its activities with a first project meeting held in Vienna from 14-16 January 2018.