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Economic impact of CHU Brussels

Direct economic impact of CHU Brussels

The direct economic impact is the result of expenditure by CHU Brussels and by the businesses located on its sites: aggregate payroll, purchases and investments.

CHU Brussels expenditure

Jobs and aggregate payroll

Employing 8,536 people, CHU Brussels is the largest hospital employer in the Brussels Region (cf infra).

These jobs consist of 6,778 salaried staff (5,550 FTE), 425 secondments (330 FTE), 96 Interims (107 FTE) and 1,237 independent healthcare professionals7, principally paramedics and physicians.

Total staff costs amount to around 490 million Euros8. Salary costs account for 59% of CHU’s total costs (833 million Euros).

Around 55% of CHU Brussels staff (4,672 people9) are resident in the Brussels Region. Based on these rates, the benefits for the Brussels area in terms of staffing costs are estimated as being close to 269 million Euros10, through personal income tax, savings, and household consumption.

26 million €

of investments (around 1,000 suppliers) in 2016 and around €200 million in ten years in the Brussels Region

Purchases and investments

In 2016 CHU Brussels made more than €254 million of general purchases and close to €73 million of investments. In ten years (from 2007 to 2016) CHU Brussels has invested more than €652 million11.

The Brussels Region is the biggest beneficiary of these purchases and investments. The impact on the Brussels Region is estimated to be:

  • 36% for investments, or around €26 million of investments (around 1,000 suppliers) in 2016 and around €200 million in ten years;
  • 49 % for general purchases, or around €124 million of general purchases from suppliers with registered offices in the Brussels Region.

Breakdown of general purchases by CHU Brussels
(254 million €)

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Breakdown of CHU Brussels investments
(€73 million)

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A surgical robot to operate on children

Since 2015, the Queen Fabiola Children’s University Hospital has been equipped with a surgical robot. Thanks to its potential for research, training, and improvements in children’s care, mini-invasive surgery has found its rightful place at the centre of a specialised hospital like the QFCUH.

€9.5 million

have been spent on training on providers resident in the Brussels Region.

Professional training costs

In 2016 CHU Brussels funded, for around €16 million 12, some 184,000 hours of training for 5,602 salaried staff, and around 592,000 hours of training for the benefit of 320 candidate specialist physicians (PGs) in training.

Close to €9.5 million have been spent on providers resident in the Brussels Region13.

Une communication professionnelle au chu brugmann

Un petit geste pour le soignant… Un grand pas pour le patient

Implanté depuis 2015 au CHU Brugmann, la communication SBAR est devenue un outil améliorant considérablement la communication entre partenaires de soins. Cette démarche nous permet de favorisier la sécurité et la qualité des soins au Patient.

image de la zone encadrée

Professional training – a serious commitment

Since 2015 CHU Brugmann’s Nursing and Paramedical Department has been systematically training all of its staff members in SBAR standardised methodology, which enables precise, comprehensive and unambiguous communication, guaranteeing continuity of care for patients. The Department was awarded the 2017 Learning Award Prize for this extensive training programme.

Costs of businesses located on CHU Brussels sites

The hospitals abound with activities that go beyond their principal roles (care, research and training). Indeed, several dozen non-profit organisations and related companies are located on CHU Brussels sites, such as the Francisco Ferrer High School, the Robert Dubois School, the “ONE” (Birth and Children Office), cafeterias, the Belgian Red Cross, a branch of Cuisines Bruxelloises and some retail outlets.

These non-profit organisations and companies account for a significant volume of jobs (284 FTE- 343 people), amounting to around €18 million. Their economic impact on the Brussels Region amounts to around €10 million14.

The economic impact of companies located on the hospital sites represents about

€10 million

for the Brussels Region.


Direct impact in terms of monetary flows All regions combined Brussels Region
Total €834,629,900 €427,730,760
Hospitals 816,709,934 417,810,434
Staff costs15 489,956,948 268,169,100
Purchases16 (including training courses) and investments 326,752,986 149,641,334
Non-profit organisations/ companies located on the sites (estimated aggregate payroll) 17,919,966 9,920,326
Direct impact in terms of jobs All regions combined Brussels Region
No. of jobs FTE No. of jobs FTE
Total 8,879 people 6,272 FTE 4,863 people 3,404 FTE
Hospital 8,536 5,987.4 4,672 3,246
Salaried staff 6,778 5,549.8
Independents 1,237 Not applicable
Interims/secondments 521 437.6
Non-profit organisations/companies on sites 343 284.2 191 158

7These independents are paid per service provided; it is not therefore possible to estimate the FTE equivalents.

8 Staff costs include independents’ fees.

9 Rate of 55% of salaried staff resident in the Brussels Region applied to members of staff as a whole (salaried, Interims, secondments and independents).

10 55% x €490 million (total staff costs of CHU Brussels).

11 Acquisition values of investments

12 These training costs include estimates of salaries paid to candidate specialist physicians in training (PG).

13 For training, we have separated the data related to PGs from the other data (other training expenditure). For these, the rate for CHU Brugmann service providers (all services combined: accounts 611 to 616) whose registered offices are in the Brussels Region (73%) has been applied to the hospitals as a whole.

14Application to estimated aggregate payroll of the rate for salaried staff resident in the Brussels Region (55%)

15 Staff costs include certain training costs (e.g. salaries paid to PG).

16 General purchases include other training costs.