You can sort the results of your search by name of reform, country, and date of reporting. Finally, you can generate individual pdf reports assembling various findings of your search by adding
them into your info basket
The ongoing health care reform will result in a centralization of the hospital sector structure, including acute services. As a response to a need for local health services in remote areas the government has supported the creation of "health and acute houses", health units opened 24 hours a day, in addition to strengthening pre-hospital services by using an expanded ambulance and helicopter service.
Along with the ongoing reorganization of the acute function of hospitals, the organization of primary services by general practitioners outside normal working hours is reconsidered. The idea is to merge this function into the hospitals' new acute function. A single telephone number applying to the whole country is to give access to a service where health care personnel can refer a patient to a relevant service like acute hospital service, an acute local clinic or home nursing.
Establishment of joint acute wards (JAW) involves that all emergency and acute patient admissions are congregated in one ward. The new JAW will alter the organizational structure, from specialty-oriented to process-oriented, trespassing professional as well as specialty barriers. The JAW is the latest development in the general policy movement with fewer, larger and more specialised hospitals and fewer hospitals with acute admission.
The authorities of the Capital Region of Denmark attempted to make dual practice of public hospital physicians subject to the public employer?s consent. It was argued that dual practice resulted in shortages of physicians? labour because physicians who hold an extra job in a private hospital work less hours in the public sector and in total than physicians who provide labour exclusively to the public sector. Such a regulation was in conflict with labour agreements and had to be abandoned.
In April 2009, the EU Commission sent a formal letter to the Danish government concerning the recognition of prescriptions and reimbursement for cross-border health care services. A formal letter is the first step towards actions before the Commission calls the European Court of Justice for breach of the Treaty. The Danish Parliament explained the contents of the letter .
Specialty planning for hospitals is carried out in regions and has to be approved by the Board of Health. Specialties are either regional (provided by max. 1-3 hospitals per region) or highly specialized (prov. by max. 1-3 hosp. within the country). The purpose is to secure high quality, coherent patient pathways, efficient use of scarce resources, building-up and maintenance of expertise, research & development, and education. Still, care should be provided as close to patients as possible.
The Minister of Health and The Danish Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (In Danish: Lægemiddelindustriforeningen, Lif) have agreed on establishing a price cap on pharmaceuticals that are sold to the publicly owned hospitals. The price cap applies from July 2009 until December 31, 2012. During this period the Minister of Health is required not to make any changes that may affect the market conditions for pharmaceuticals in a significant way.
A strategy from the National Board of Health intends to provide a professional background for the development of psychiatry taking place over the coming years both in the regions and at the state level. The National Board of Health introduces six themes aiming to contribute to the quality development in psychiatry.
The Danish Health Care Quality Programme aims at persistent promotion of good quality in health care across the entire health care sector. It provides standards for good quality and methods for monitoring and accreditation. The Danish Institute of Quality and Accreditation is in charge of promoting and supporting the process.
As a consequence of the structural reform of 2007 a national organization "Digital Health" was established to govern and coordinate the future development towards a convergence of existing local solutions to ensure IT throughout the healthcare sector. A strategy for 2008-2012 has been developed.