Healthcare policy in most countries is fragmented?the focus is on discrete diseases, on technical approaches and on specific domains. Many patients miss out on health care that addresses their specific circumstances, be it their medical, social or environmental needs. What is lacking is as much a coherent understanding of health and disease, as a policy framework that acknowledges the interconnected dimensions affecting the health of people, and that proposes strategies to facilitate the development of local solution to a meaningful global goal. This paper proposes the notion of a health care vortex as a pragmatic metaphor to shift policy towards meeting the patient?s needs.
|Pages (from-to)||86 - 104|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|