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Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries$
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Cristiano Gori, Jose-Luis Fernandez, and Raphael Wittenberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305057.001.0001

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The relationship between social and health services in care for older people

The relationship between social and health services in care for older people

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(p.247) Eleven The relationship between social and health services in care for older people
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Long-Term Care Reforms in OECD Countries
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Laurel L. Hixon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305057.003.0011

Dependent older people with complex needs often require integrated provision of health and social care services. This chapter shows that the huge number of studies, experimentations and polices carried out, so far, internationally, to pursue this goal have proved that there is no single best recipe to meet integrated care needs. Integrated care needs to become a priority at system level because recognizing its importance on the political agenda is an essential pre-condition to pursuing this goal. Policy-makers, however, should not prescribe how to obtain integrated care: they should, instead, respect the idea that integration is local and there will be differences in how it is pursued across different areas. How to arrange the services and how to involve the different professions in order to obtain integration are choices to make locally, the chapter argues, letting local conditions and opportunities to guide the process

Keywords:   integrated provision, social care services, health care services, system level, local level

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