Enhancing Patient Involvement in Access Decision-Making

The patient is currently not involved in the reimbursement process.

Expertise Pillar: Healthcare Policy.

In Belgium, the pharmaceutical product reimbursement process requires evaluation of both clinical and health-economic evidence. Various organisations, including RIZIV/INAMI, the cabinet of Social Services and Public Health, pharma.be, sickness funds, and clinical representatives, participate in the process. However, one crucial stakeholder, the patient, is currently not involved. The integration of patient representatives in this process is an important consideration, but the specific steps and extent of their involvement remain unclear.

In this project, you will identify existing methodologies to capture the patient perspective objectively. Through an examination of patient needs and expert interactions, you'll determine which steps of the reimbursement process can benefit from patient input.


  • We're seeking proactive Master's students (ongoing or recent graduates) with a strong interest in healthcare systems.
  • Required skills: literature research, qualitative analysis, interviews, framework development.
  • Relevant interests: reimbursement, market access, patient involvement.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Belgian reimbursement process and the objective integration of patient needs.
  • Acquire valuable job market insights to help you navigate your career path as a young graduate.
  • Join a team of skilled consultants in a dynamic, project-driven work environment. In addition to your specific intern project, you may be involved in other ongoing projects or internal processes, offering a glimpse into various consultant roles.


We will be giving an online info session on the different internship topics in the week of 24 April 2023.

Register by submitting this registration form.

If you are already convinced, or you wish to contact us directly you can send an email to intern@hict.com. We will put you in contact with the right person.

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