Abstracts: September 18th, 2002

Susanne Kumpers, Arno van Raak, Brian Hardy AND Ingrid MurThe concept of integrated care has assumed growing importance on the policy agendas both in England and The Netherlands and elsewhere. It is characterized as health and health care-related social care needed by patients with multi-faceted needs. This article compares policy approaches to integrated care in England and The Netherlands. It reviews the last decade’s relevant policy processes, using the concepts of hierarchy, market and network. The statehealth care system in England relies mainly on hierarchical steering, thus creating tight network structures for integrated care on the local level. The Netherlands, with its health care system in a public-private mix, has set incentives for voluntary, loosely coupled and partly market-driven cooperation on the local level. Implications for success or failure are mixed in both configurations.

Public Administration 2002 Volume: 80. ISSN: 0033-3298. http://www.blackwellpublishers.co.uk/asp/journal.asp

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