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The organisation and responsibility for care for older people in Denmark, Finland and Sweden: outline and comparison of care systems
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Number of Authors: 102024 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 52, no 2, p. 119-122Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To outline the organisation and responsibility for health and social care provided to older people in Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Methods: Non-quantifiable data on the care systems were collated from the literature and expert consultations. The responsibilities for primary healthcare, specialised healthcare, prevention and health promotion, rehabilitation, and social care were presented in relation to policy guidance, funding and organisation.

Results: In all three countries, the state issues policy and to some extent co-funds the largely decentralised systems; in Denmark and Sweden the regions and municipalities organise the provision of care services – a system that is also about to be implemented in Finland to improve care coordination and make access more equal. Care for older citizens focuses to a large extent on enabling them to live independently in their own homes.

Conclusions: Decentralised care systems are challenged by considerable local variations, possibly jeopardising care equity. State-level decision and policy makers need to be aware of these challenges and monitor developments to prevent further health and social care disparities in the ageing population.

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2024. Vol. 52, no 2, p. 119-122
Keywords [en]
Ageing, health and social care, care provision, care systems, care responsibility, older adults, health services research, health policy, health equity, Nordic countries
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-215191DOI: 10.1177/14034948221137128ISI: 000919972800001PubMedID: 36691975Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85147444426OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-215191DiVA, id: diva2:1740398
Available from: 2023-03-01 Created: 2023-03-01 Last updated: 2024-04-19Bibliographically approved

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