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Economic and societal impact study of CHU Brussels

On the importance of hospitals in Brussels

“Everybody has someone in their family, their friends or acquaintances who works in or is in direct contact with the hospital sector”. This statement may seem somewhat presumptuous. But it does reflect the economic weight of the sector, all too often underestimated.

Such a reality is reflected more obviously in Brussels. Its capital status and central position in the country have earned it a concentration of a substantial number of hospitals, several of which are university hospitals, and the generation of an inflow of patients from other regions (around 30%).

Studying its economic and societal impact, CHU Brussels, consisting of CHU Brugmann, CHU Saint-Pierre, the Queen Fabiola University Children’s Hospital and the Jules Bordet Institute, sheds some light on its role in and for Brussels, both as an economic partner, public employer and patient care provider in the context of its duties to the population.

The contribution from BECI, the Brussels Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Association, highlights the vigour of the hospital sector and its consequent impact on employment and economic activity. It discusses in particular the direct and indirect benefits on the well-being of suppliers as well as on investment generated, especially in the construction sector.

This study should also provide food for thought on the Brussels economy of tomorrow, by presenting a series of goods and services related to health care. In the wake of this non-transportable sector opportunities for research, innovation and production are emerging. They should be seized with both hands.

We hope your enthusiastic perusal of the results of this economic and societal impact study on CHU Brussels will prove an instructive experience.

Michel Govaerts,
Deputy Administrator, CHU Brussels

Olivier Willocx,
Deputy Administrator, BECI

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The hospital sector presents itself today as a key sector. Although complex and confronted by numerous human, political, technical and financial challenges, it is often reduced to its function of care provider to the population.

Beyond this basic role, a hospital may also be considered as a research centre, an employer, a landowner, or a major client of the service sector. This multiplicity makes it a key player in the socio-economic development of a region.

But if its societal impact is well-known, as well as its correlation with jobs generated, less well-known is its economic role, both direct and indirect, in the Brussels Region.

The aim of this study is to measure the economic and social benefits of the University Hospital Centre of Brussels and the four public university hospitals it comprises in the Brussels-Capital Region.

This study was carried out as a collaboration between the University Hospital Centre of Brussels (CHU Brussels) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Association of Brussels (BECI)