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Exploring Barriers to Value-Based Procurement in Healthcare: The perspective of 3 Dutch hospitals

Lefers, Luc (2023) Exploring Barriers to Value-Based Procurement in Healthcare: The perspective of 3 Dutch hospitals.

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Abstract:The aim of this research is to find out what barriers or challenges Procurement Professionals in healthcare institutions experience when it comes to the implementation of Value Based Procurement (VBP). As Value Based Healthcare (VBHC) makes steady progress, the role of procurement in its implementation is becoming more and more clear. Learning from the previous experience of several procurement professionals in 3 Dutch hospitals and what they perceived as the largest barriers or challenges when it comes to implementing VBP will help future procurers navigate these challenges when it is their turn to implement VBP. It will also help policymakers identify ways in which rules and regulations might inhibit VBP’s implementation. This research does so by doing semi-structured interviews with 4 top ranking procurement professionals in Dutch hospitals and inquiring into their experience with VBP. It has become apparent that in The Netherlands, although being one of the countries most experienced with VBHC in the world, not much experience with full-scale VBP has been built op. one of the main challenges as such is the novelty of the concept to all stakeholders: insurers, MedTech companies and healthcare institutions. Barriers related to this are lack of trust, short term focus of hospitals & MedTech companies and limited practical experience with long term value measuring. Future research could inquire into the perspectives of other stakeholders, such as MedTech companies or Healthcare insurers. Another direction could be into the role of government regulation and its negative effects on VBP implementation, or on how different Government regulation could improve VBP implementation and adoption.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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