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Brick, Aoife and Nolan, Anne and O’Reilly, Jacqueline and Smith, Samantha (2010) RESOURCE ALLOCATION, FINANCING AND SUSTAINABILITY IN THE HEALTH SECTOR. ESRI Research Bulletin 2010/3/1. UNSPECIFIED.

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    The focus on acute, episodic care in the conventional health-care model fails to provide adequately for changing health-care needs arising from increased longevity and increasing prevalence of chronic disease. Integrated care involves coherent and co-ordinated delivery of health-care services across a broad range of health and social care providers. A principal aim of integrated health care is to improve the patient’s journey through the system by co-ordinating care among providers and by strengthening the role of primary care. Effective resource allocation mechanisms, supported by appropriate financing arrangements, have an important role to play in delivering integrated health care. In addition, more efficient use of scarce health-care resources is required, and can be influenced by the resource allocation and financing mechanisms. This article summarises research undertaken by the ESRI to provide evidence for the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in Health Care, which reported in July 2010 (Brick et al., 2010a, b; Ruane, 2010). The research: • reviewed the theoretical and international empirical literature on resource allocation, financing and sustainability in health care (focusing on eight comparator countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, USA); • evaluated current Irish systems of resource allocation and financing and issues associated with sustainability; • proposed a framework for health-care entitlements and user fees that would support the delivery of integrated health care in Ireland.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy (including global activities)
    Countries > Ireland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Research Bulletin
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 13:42
    Number of Pages: 5
    Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 13:42

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