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Ten years after the creation of the Portuguese national network for long-term care in 2006: achievements and challenges

Lopes, Hugo, Mateus, Céu and Hernández-Quevedo, Cristina (2018) Ten years after the creation of the Portuguese national network for long-term care in 2006: achievements and challenges. Health Policy, 122 (3). pp. 210-216. ISSN 0168-8510

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2018.01.001

Abstract

The Portuguese National Network for Long-term Integrated Care (Rede Nacional de Cuidados Continuados, RNCCI) was created in 2006 as a partnership between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity. The formal provision of care within the RNCCI is made up of non-profit and non-public institutions called Private Institutions of Social Solidarity, public institutions belonging to the National Health Service and for-profit-institutions. These institutions are organized by type of care in two main settings: (i) Home and Community-Based Services and (ii) four types of Nursing Homes to account for different care needs. This is the first study that assess the RNCCI reform in Portugal since 2006 and takes into account several core dimensions: coordination, ownership, organizational structure, financing system and main features, as well as the challenges ahead. Evidence suggests that despite providing universal access, Portuguese policy-makers face the following challenges: multiple sources of financing, the existence of several care settings and the sustained increase of admissions at the RNCCI, the dominance of institutionalization, the existence of waiting lists, regional asymmetries, the absence of a financing model based on dependence levels, or the difficulty to use the instrument of needs assessment for international comparison.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/health-polic...
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Date Deposited: 16 May 2018 11:59
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87960

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