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Risks and Opportunities of Reforms Putting Primary Care in the Driver’s Seat. Comment on “Governance, Government, and the Search for New Provider Models”

Journal article
Authors Monica Andersson Bäck
Published in International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume 5
Issue 8
Pages 511-513
ISSN 2322-5939
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 511-513
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.15171/ijhpm.2016.64
Keywords Health System Governance, Primary Care Reform, Swedish Primary Health Center
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Social Work, Work Sciences

Abstract

Recognizing the advantages of primary care as a means of improving the entire health system, this text comments on reforms of publicly funded primary health centers, and the rapid development of private for-profit providers in Sweden. Many goals and expectations are connected to such reforms, which equally require critical analyses of scarce resources, professional trust/motivation and business logic in the wake of freedom and control of ownership and management. In line with Saltman and Duran, this article calls for research and a methodologically developed approach to capture everyday practice in-depth and how regulation, market incentives and patient demands are met by professionals and primary care leaders.

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