Welcome to the REFINEMENT Project
The first ever comparative and comprehensive overview of links between the financing of mental health care in Europe and the outcomes of mental health services
The REFINEMENT (REsearch on FINancing systems’ Effect on the quality of MENTal health care) project arises from the necessity to compare and standardize the different and elaborate systems of both financing and performance assessment of Mental Health care in Europe, where the goals of high quality, equity, efficiency and better long term care are achieved by means of mixes of tax, social health insurance, private health insurance and out of pocket payments.
Mental Health has been recognized as a key priority area and goal for Europe as stated by the European Commission in June 2008 through the publication of the European Pact on Mental Health and Well-being and in view of this the REFINEMENT project is conducting (for a total of 36 months) the first ever comparative and comprehensive overview of links between the financing of Mental Health care in Europe and the outcomes of Mental Health services.
The REFINEMENT project is conducted by an experienced team of health economists, mental health service researchers, public health specialists and social care experts from 9 European countries: Italy (University of Verona - project coordinator), Austria (Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft), UK (London School of Economics and Political Science), Finland (Terveyden ja Hyvinvoinnin Laitos), Spain (Asociacion Cientifica Psicost), Norway (Stiftelsen Sintef), Estonia (University of Tartu), France (Université Paris XII – Val de Marne) and Romania (Institutul de Prognoza Economica).
The REFINEMENT project has received funding from the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (7FP) and lies within the Specific Programme "Cooperation" - Theme "Health": HEALTH.2010.3.2-1: Financing systems' effect on quality of health care. Duration: 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013.