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Reform of health systems

Reform of health systems

Reforms of healthcare systems include shifts from institutional (e.g. hospitals) to community-based services (e.g. independent living, hospitals at home), or a better integration between primary and secondary care or between health and social care. Due to such reforms, healthcare services will be better able to deal with societal health needs, particularly among disadvantaged groups.

Both from a financial and social perspective, moving from care in institutions (e.g. hospitals) to community-based alternatives offers many benefits, as it will allow people to live independently and close to their social networks and to take control over their lives. Eventually, this will improve their overall quality of life.

This is particularly relevant in relation to the ageing population, as elderly often depend on long-term care. Other groups that could benefit from such reforms are people with disabilities and people with mental health problems.