Gesundheit ohne Grenzen

Study Trip to Veneto

Summary of the study trip with the project partners from Vysočina and South Moravia 05.-07.12.2012

In context of the project “Health without borders” a study visit to Villach and the region of Veneto took place from 05.-07.12.2012. Please find a detailed summary stated below.



The Sanicademia, an International Academy for Health Professionals EEIG, develops sustainable and future-oriented training programmes in the tense atmosphere of human, health and environment. The academy is the result of a long-term cooperation between the regions Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Carinthia.

The head office is located in Villach with branches in Italy and Slovenia.

The goal is to foster further education and training across the borders and to strengthen the personal exchange of experience.

Other priorities are as follows:

·         Improving the foreign language skills from employees in the health system

·         Project management

·         Quality management in health systems

·         Organisation of congresses

·         Implementation of projects in the field of obesity


Healthcare in Italy

The health system in Italy is financed by taxes. There is no centralized National Health Service, the provision of health care services is in the responsibility of the regions.

The State distributes the money directly to the Regions. Each region is responsible for the health care provision of its citizens and has to finance the local hospitals and practitioners out of their regional budget. The “general practitioners” were renamed to “family doctors” and they have to comply with the regional budget targets.



Crempe is the regional coordination centre for the European project management in the region of Veneto, it guarantees the efficient management of EU projects. This includes the liaison office in Brussels, the regional management and coordination office of the EU projects, the University Hospital in Verona and other regional health services.


Project HoNCAB (Hospital Network for Care Across Borders)

Aim of this project is to build up a European hospital network to test the use of the new “cross border patient directive “in practice. The focus of this pilot project is to analyse and compare the accounting processes of foreign patients with already existing processes.

The region Veneto and the Lower Austria Health and Social Fund (NÖGUS) are represented in this project as project partner.


Hospital dell’Angelo Mestre

The hospital dell’Angelo is the largest hospital in the region Veneto in Mestre (district of Venice), it is the most technologically advanced medical facility in Italy and can be seen as one of the most modern hospitals in Europe.

The hospital complex was designed by Emilio Ambasz, an architect with international reputation and a pioneer in the field of sustainable architecture. The innovative philosophy of “camouflage”, which fits the building perfectly with the surrounding landscape, becomes apparent via the large greened plate, where the reception and the service facilities are located. In six floors all hospital departments are located. They are screened to the south through a huge glass wall. The entire complex is surrounded by 117.600 m² (of a total of 260.000 m²) of green area. The park includes two pounds, which also serve as a water reserve in case of fire.

The hospital was financed through a Public Private Partnership. 50% were held by the public sector, 50% were held by the private sector. A private management company is responsible for the maintenance and tcare of the building, cleaning, waste disposal, kitchen/cafeteria, for the staff and the patients, shopping facilities and other services. The concluded contract lasts for over 29 years.

Key figures:

Costs of construction: ca. 245 Mio. € (Europe-wide call for bids)

20.000 patient admissions/year

8.000 Surgical interventions/year

Ca. 1700 Employees, therefrom 200 Doctors

680 Beds and 350 Rooms