Primary Care in the Driver's Seat? / Edition 1

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Overview

There is considerable agreement among national policy makers across Europe that, in principle, primary care should be the lynchpin of a well-designed health care system. This agreement in principle, however, does not carry over into the organizational mechanisms best suited to pursuing or achieving this common objective. Across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, primary care is delivered through a wide range of institutional, financial, professional and clinical configurations. This book is a study of the reforms of primary care in Europe as well as their impacts on the broader co-ordination mechanisms within European health care systems. It will be of interest to students studying health policy, health economics, public policy and management, as well as health managers and policy makers.
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Table of Contents

Considering a coordinating role for primary care
Mapping primary care in Europe
Changing institutional arrangements
The Challenge of co-ordination: The role of primary care professionals in promoting integration across the interface
The impact of primary care purchasing in Europe: A comparative case study of primary care reform
The evolving public-private mix
Changing working arrangements
Changing task profiles
Changing professional roles in primary care delivery: training, re-accreditation, and the role of professional groups
Managing primary care behaviour through payment systems and financial incentives
Changing quality standards
Improving the quality and performance of primary care
The role of new information and communication technologies in primary care
Drawing the strands together
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