New HiT health system review on Denmark is published
The new HiT (Health Systems in Transition) health system review for Denmark reflects recent health trends and structural changes in the Danish health system. Lifestyle related risk factors and chronic illnesses are increasingly becoming major health issues which are still more challenging as an effect of the ageing population . This has pressed the health system towards a model of provision focused much more on the management of chronic care conditions. Although this report reveals a system that generally provides high quality services within each sector, authors show that the fragmented structure of the Danish health system poses serious challenges in providing effectively coordinated care. Traditionally characterised as a decentralised system, several reforms from 2007 have strengthened coordination and centralised control. The new HiT will be officially presented at a meeting of the Chief Medical Officers taking place in Copenhagen on 12 April in the context of the Danish EU Presidency.