Coordination agreements, financial incentives and local responses in the governance of Danish and Norwegian health and care services – University of Copenhagen

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20 May 2015

Coordination agreements, financial incentives and local responses in the governance of Danish and Norwegian health and care services

Coordination agreements, financial incentives and local responses in the governance of Danish and Norwegian health and care services
All health care systems are struggling with issues of coordination and integration of services. In spite of the public, integrated nature of the Nordic welfare systems such issue have been on the agenda throughout the region for the past decades. Norway and Denmark have implemented major steering reforms to address this. In Denmark this was part of a major reorganization of the administrative structure of the public sector in 2007 (Strukturreformen). Norway implemented a reform specifically aimed at creating better integration within health care in 2012 (Samhandlingsreformen). In this project we investigate the implementation of these reforms, and we analyze the effects at the local and regional levels. Specific questions include:

  • Are coordination agreements a good tool for achieving integration?
  • Do the financial incentives for local and regional governments and hospitals support the integration objective?
  • How can we characterize the local responses to the reforms?

The project is financed by the Norwegian Research council and lead by professor Hilmar Rommetvedt, IRIS Stavanger.

Contact: Karsten Vrangbæk