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Improving Co‐ordination of Care for Chronic Diseases to Achieve Better Value for Money

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Health care systems in OECD countries have become increasingly complex: multiple providers, lack of adherence to care protocols, inconsistencies in reimbursement and decentralised medical records are still the status quo in most OECD health systems. The problems that health systems have to deal with have evolved too: with more patients receiving care from multiple providers for chronic conditions, there is a growing problem of fragmentation within health systems. This results in poor patient experiences, coupled with ineffective and unsafe care. Can better co‐ordination contribute substantially to solving these problems? What tools can be used to improve the co‐ordination of care? This chapter explores the barriers to good co‐ordination and looks at what can be done to improve the co‐ordination of care in health systems across the OECD.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2010-10-01

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