Rare Disease Clinical Pathways: Analyzing European Healthcare Policies

For patients with (ultra)rare diseases, accessing accurate diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care can be a challenge.

Expertise Pillar: Healthcare Policy.

In some cases, patients may need to travel abroad for treatments unavailable in Belgium. While initiatives like European Reference Networks support supranational access for (ultra)rare diseases, healthcare remains a national responsibility, often necessitating special reimbursement systems for patients seeking treatment outside their home country. The availability of such systems across Europe is currently unclear.

In this project, you will investigate the existence of national initiatives in European countries that support and facilitate access to innovative treatments abroad. Based on your findings, you'll contribute to shaping solutions for the Belgian context.


  • We're seeking proactive Master's students (ongoing or recent graduates) with a strong interest in healthcare systems.
  • Required skills: literature and database research, qualitative analysis, interview preparation, and execution.
  • Relevant interests: rare diseases, clinical pathways.


  • Gain experience in healthcare policies and regulations as part of a larger project to improve access to innovative treatments for patients traveling abroad.
  • Develop valuable insights into the job market, helping 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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