Integrated care, choice and competition in Germany and Sweden
Authors: Leichsenring, K, Rodrigues, R., Winkelmann, J., Falk, R. Published: August 2015
This study addresses the question whether market oriented governance based on competition and choice is compatible with the most desirable and allegedly most effective delivery of integrated long-term care. The report includes a literature review and findings from three case studies in Germany and Sweden, where key-stakeholders were interviewed following a semi-structured questionnaire. The findings showed a nuanced picture as to the reconciliation of choice and competition, on the one hand, and integrated care on the other. Overall respondents in the three sites believed that it is feasible to achieve integrated care in the context of user choice and competition, however a number of barriers have been also identified.
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