ECHAA

ECHAA

Each year across Europe, billions of euros are invested in new and refurbished healthcare facilities, averaging around 4% of total annual healthcare spending. In the coming decades, Europe is likely to see even greater investment in capital assets and new technologies. In Western Europe, failure to invest adequately in healthcare infrastructure throughout the 80s and 90s has resulted in many facilities that are no longer fit for purpose in the 21st Century. In central and eastern Europe, many countries have not seen significant capital investment in the health sector over the last 20-30 years, European Union structural funds now provides one significant opportunity to remedy this shortfall.

This scale of investment offers a remarkable opportunity to maximize health gain, reduce health inequalities and ensure that services are more responsive to the needs and expectations of users. ECHAA has been created recently to establish a European centre of reference and advice on all dimensions of capital asset strategy to help governments and other agencies achieve these aims. Its mission is to support and promote evidence-based policy decisions related to the contribution of the built environment to the health sector, by means of comprehensive and rigorous analysis of what works and what does not. The Centre is committed to working for the public good and will provide a new forum for reviewing European and global experience, uniting academic and practical expertise, as well as creating a link with the Private Sector.