EuroDRG – Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe: towards Efficiency and Quality

Programme: Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Project Status: COMPLETED (1 January 2009 – December 2011)

What aims and scope

To advance state-of-the-art and improve collaboration between European and other researchers in diagnosis-related-group-based systems. The project would also work on improving how European Union Member States organise their health systems and apply research to empower policymakers and decision-makers in managing and reforming healthcare systems.

How it became possible 

The 3.7 million-funded project underwent three primary phases to achieve the aforementioned aims:

  • Phase 1 – investigate the design process behind DRG systems across 12 European countries and outline guidelines for policymakers to improve their nation’s DRG-based hospital payment systems or advance the vision of a pan-European hospital market. 
  • Phase 2 – explore and compare the classification mechanisms of national DRG systems for 10 specific patient groups and conditions (e.g., hip replacement, breast cancer and stroke). This stage also included comparing DRG system performance for the predefined patient groups across European countries and its ability to define homogenous groups of patients so that reimbursement was fair. 
  • Phase 3 – summarise and distribute key findings to policymakers, both within and outside Europe. The project also encouraged establishing a hospital benchmarking group to identify common issues and factors to conceive effective policies for the emerging pan-European hospital market.

Where EHMA delivered


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The research leading to these results received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement number 223300. This page and the publications contained herein only reflect the author’s views. The European Union is not liable for any use that might be made of the information contained in this page and publications.


The project contributed to the discussion via multiple publications and presentations in well-known medical journals across the globe. 

Improving policymaking and knowledge of DRG across Europe and beyond could only translate into better healthcare and patient services for many citizens.


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