Belgium’s Healthcare System: The Way Forward to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century; Comment on “Integration or Fragmentation of Health Care? Examining Policies and Politics in a Belgian Case Study”

Document Type : Commentary

Authors

WHO Collaborating Centre on Family medicine and PHC, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Abstract

In this paper we have tried, starting from the results of an analysis of the functioning of integrated care in the Belgian Health System by Martens et al, to design a strategy that could contribute to better addressing the challenges of the 21st century in Belgium. We proposed health system changes at the macro-, meso- and micro-level. We focused on health policy development and organization of care, emphasizing the importance of a shift from a hospital-centric towards a primary care based approach. Special attention was paid to the need for institutional reforms, in order to facilitate the further development of interprofessional integrated care, that focuses on the achievement of the life-goals of a person.

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  • epublished Author Accepted Version: March 13, 2022
  • epublished Final Version: March 15, 2022
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Articles in Press, Corrected Proof
Available Online from 13 March 2022
  • Receive Date: 07 January 2022
  • Revise Date: 10 March 2022
  • Accept Date: 12 March 2022
  • First Publish Date: 13 March 2022