Preparing primary care for the future: perspectives from the Netherlands, England, and USA

Nick Goodwin

All modern health care systems need to respond to the common challenges posed by an aging population combined with a growing number of patients with (complex) chronic conditions and rising patient expectations. 

Reference:  doi:10.1016/j.zefq.2011.09.029

Countries with 'stronger' primary care systems (eg' the Netherlands and England) seem to be better prepared to address these challenges than countries with 'weaker' primary care (eg, USA).

The role of primary care in a health care system is strongly related to its organisation and funding, thus determining the starting point and the possibilities for change.

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