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    Reducing hospital beds: what are the lessons to be learned?

    For many people, the hospital has come to symbolize the modern health care system. Yet in many countries, the role of the acute hospital is changing, with an emphasis on outpatient diagnosis and treatment as well as alternatives to long-term hospital care, leading to reductions in numbers of hospital bed...

    Regulating entrepreneurial behaviour in Europe

    There has been a dramatic upsurge of entrepreneurialism in health care systems in Europe, spurred by interests in better efficiency and quality. The characteristics of entrepreneurial behaviour include seeking opportunity, promoting innovation, and genuine accountability. However, experience so far indic...

    Mental health I: key issues in the development of policy and practice across Europe

    Mental health problems account for approximately 20% of the total burden of ill health in Europe (WHO, 2004a). This estimate of burden is just the tip of the iceberg; what makes mental health almost unique is the broad impact it can have on all aspects of life, including physical health, family relations...

    Cross border health care in Europe

    This policy brief provides a review of current information and issues relating to cross-border health care in Europe. Following an overview of current patterns of patient mobility, the policy brief looks in turn at the legal framework for mobility, the financial implications, approaches to quality monito...

    Health technology assessment: An introduction to objectives, role of evidence, and structure in Europe

    Health systems have developed at different speeds, and with differing degrees of complexity throughout the twentieth century, reflecting the diverse political and social conditions in each country. Notwithstanding their diversity, all systems, however, share a common reason for their existence, namely th...

    Hospitals in a changing Europe

    Hospitals are a key component of the health care system and are central to the process of health system reform, but as institutions they have received remarkably little attention from policy-makers and researchers. They have long been regarded as “a black box”’ whose workings are impenetrable. But ...

    Better outcomes, lower costs: palliative care program reduces stress, costs of care for children with life-threatening conditions

    This policy brief examines the Partners for Children (PFC) program—California’s public pediatric community-based palliative care benefit to children living with life-threatening conditions and their families. Preliminary analysis of administrative and survey data indicates that participation in the P...

    Health care outside hospital: accessing generalist and specialist care in 8 countries

    The delivery of health care is changing. While the acute hospital will always play a key role in the provision of health care, reflecting its important role in training and research, as well as its capacity to manage complex and severe disorders, in many countries there is an increasing interest in the s...

    Funding health care: options for Europe

    Health care systems face ever changing and often competing demands for resources. For a health care system to be sustainable it must be able to pay for investment in buildings and equipment, training and remuneration of personnel and for drugs and other consumables. How these financial resources are gene...

    Configuring the hospital in the 21st century

    In this policy brief, we will take a fresh look at the hospital, and examine the questions that policy-makers need to be asking about its role in the health care system. Although most health care takes places outside hospitals, for most people, they have come to symbolize the health care system. The capa...