Register for joint event ‘Supporting quality integrated care: Policy and practice at local, regional and national levels’
Eurodiaconia, AGE Platform Europe and EuroHealthNet are pleased to invite you to a half-day conference hosted by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 18th November 2014, 14.00-17.30. On that occasion, we will reflect on benefits and challenges of developing integrated care services, promote mutual learning and examine what further work could be carried out at EU level in this field.
People who have multiple care needs usually receive health and social care services from different providers and in different care settings. Health and social care providers have experienced that this often happens without appropriate co-ordination or a holistic approach, leading to problems for the service user, family and increased costs to care systems.
Although Integrated Care as a concept has been the subject of research and discussion for over ten years, we believe that it deserves more attention as there is still much scope for improvement for persons in need of care.
Testimonies from the service user perspective will be given and examples of good practice from across Europe will be shared. A panel of representatives from European level institutions will respond to the examples and discuss potential next steps at European level. Recommendations in terms of policy actions and promoting mutual learning will be drawn out in discussions with the audience.
As the EU population ages, more people will require care and more cost pressure will be put on social protection systems. Integrating and coordinated care is one method to meet these challenges, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. This was highlighted as an area where governments need to take action in the "Joint Report on adequate social protection for long-term care needs in an ageing society", endorsed by Employment and Social Affairs ministers in June this year.
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