More apparent levels of the healthcare chain

The healthcare system’s ability to manage patient flows to the right treatment at the right care delivery level will be important in addressing the bottlenecks and cost pressure in European healthcare systems.

Allowing the patient to be the basis for the healthcare structure not only ensures that the patient receives comprehensive care at the right level, but also that resources are used in the best possible way. One consequence of this  viewpoint is that there is greater focus on outpatient care, seen from the patient’s perspective. This new viewpoint also means that substantial patient flows can in the future be redirected from inpatient to outpatient care, where there are good opportunities for greater specialization and treatment of more patients at a high quality standard,as well as cost efficiency.