Models for citizen and patient involvement in health care policy Part I: Exploration of their feasibility and acceptability – Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre – 17 January 2013

Posted on January 29, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation |

Models for citizen and patient involvement in health care policy Part I: Exploration of their feasibility and acceptability – Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre – 17 January 2013

“Background and aim

In a public health insurance system, policy decisions on different levels in health care should reflect societal values. On the macro level, this relates to setting global priorities for resource allocation in health care, on the meso level to decisions regarding the reimbursement of products and services for a particular disease and on the micro level to the reimbursement for a particular patient. Today, in Belgium, elected politicians are expected to represent the general public in defining global health care priorities. For the reimbursement of products and services, deliberation amongst multiple stakeholders takes place. Patients and citizens do not participate in this debate. Some participating stakeholders claim to represent patients and citizens, but it remains unclear how, as no structured consultation with this stakeholder group takes place. The aims of the current study are (1) to describe possible models for public and patient involvement in health care decision making at different levels and (2) to assess their acceptability to Belgian stakeholders.”

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