HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, is a European non-profit organisation, created in 1966 representing national public and private hospital and healthcare associations and hospital, health and social care services owners. With 36 organisations from the 27 Member States of the European Union, the United-Kingdom, Switzerland and the Republic of Serbia, HOPE covers almost 80% of hospital care and is also active in the healthcare and social fields.
HOPE mission is to promote improvements in the health of citizens and a uniformly high standard of hospital care by the European Union, fostering efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operations of hospital and health services.
HOPE is representing its members in the European arena covering all policies with an impact on hospitals and health services. HOPE contributes to the legislative agenda but also to the non-legislative activities in particular through participation in European projects and joint actions.
Since its creation HOPE has produced comparative information on the ways healthcare systems are organised and financed. It also includes a unique annual exchange programme for health professionals, together with study tours, workshops and conferences.