The article in Health Policy explored developments of organization and financing of urgent care in Belgium

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May 2017

A group of researchers from Belgium Health Care Knowledge Center (KCE) published an article about current state and development of organization and financing of urgent care in Belgium, including emergency departments, GP offices and telephone support.

Read full article "The 2016 proposal for the reorganisation of urgent care provision in Belgium: A political struggle to co-locate primary care providers and emergency departments" here

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