QUALICOPC:Quality and Costs of Primary Care in Europe

The QUALICOPC project is carried out by an international network of partner institutes and coordinated by NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research).

Project aims

The project aims to evaluate primary care systems in Europe against criteria of quality, equity and costs. It will enable to answer questions like, which elements of structure and organisation of primary care are associated with access to high quality services against affordable costs. And: by what mechanisms primary care structure and organisation are related to overall health care system goals.

The outcomes of the project aim to help decision makers to shape primary care systems optimally.

Participating countries

The QUALICOPC project includes 31 European countries, being 27 European Union (EU) member states, and Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Turkey. Besides, Israel, New Zealand and Australia also participate in this study.

Expected results

The study will provide an answer to the question what strong primary care systems entail and which effects strong primary care systems have on the performance of overall health care systems. To make insights tangible, good practices will be identified and disseminated. The study results will be disseminated to the research community, policy makers and other stakeholders in the European health sector.


The QUALICOPC project runs from 1 May 2010 until 1 June 2013.