Country Perspective: Belgium
CEO of MercurHosp
In Belgium, there is no central legislation for the procurement sector in the healthcare sector. The European legislation from 2013 for tenders applies to public and associate hospitals in Belgium.
Since January 2020, a profound reform of the hospital landscape has taken place: the creation of 24 so-called networks, which form a single entity, both medically and administratively, without having to form a legally merged company. However, the governance of the network is centralized.
It is to be expected that purchasing and procurement will be merged at the network level.
Various local and regional initiatives to consolidate procurement (tender, logistics, best practices) have been taking place in Belgium for about 10 years. The complex Belgian state structure (Competence level in the health care sector: regional-national) and the language differences make an overall Belgian structure almost impossible. Especially in the Walloon (French-speaking) area, a consolidation of purchasing is currently taking place.
It would be simplistic to analyse the procurement function without taking into account the entire associated value chain…
Improving the purchasing function is the first step in a more global logistics process that integrates the supply and use of the product.
It can and must be consolidated (or even strengthened!) through interventions throughout the value chain.
Potential for efficiency:
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