Integration of Healthcare in Belgium: Insufficient, but There Is Hope; Comment on “Integration or Fragmentation of Health Care? Examining Policies and Politics in a Belgian Case Study”

Document Type : Commentary

Author

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Abstract

The maturity of integrated care in Belgium is rather low. The reasons are the country’s complex organization, a lack of leadership and finances, an abundance of pilot projects, very long implementation and change processes, a healthcare system driven by providers and different cultures of action. However, new projects and ongoing research can help overcome these barriers. The primary care zones in Flanders, the National Hospital Plan and the Federal Plan to support mental health in particular are luxating opportunities. Well planned research is urgently needed to confirm the hope these projects arouse.

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Articles in Press, Corrected Proof
Available Online from 02 July 2022
  • Receive Date: 15 February 2022
  • Revise Date: 28 June 2022
  • Accept Date: 29 June 2022
  • First Publish Date: 02 July 2022