• June 29, 2017
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Belgian Association of Hospitals


The network always wins!?


Category: Service delivery: innovations in delivery of care and hospital services

Learning objectives
Understand why the Belgian government is imposing an important reform on hospital networks.
Learn how Belgian hospitals are dealing with these reforms and which aspects are critical to make networking a success.
Gain insights on how the Belgian reform on networking fits within the broader international healthcare policy context.
Summary of the session
The Belgian hospital landscape is changing fast. The era of a hospital as a stand-alone facility is over. Hospitals are asked even forced to work together. In the future they will be recognized by the government only if they structurally cooperate with other hospitals within loco-regional clinical networks organized around the patient and with other healthcare actors such as general practitioners, home care and rehabilitation services.
The healthcare strategy is no longer a matter of individual providers but of all healthcare actors in the region and must meet with government directives on planning and recognition of hospitals capacities. Although the focus is on the power of social entrepreneurship, the new policy represents a major challenge for the traditional liberalistic Belgian healthcare model.
The objective of the reform is to find an answer to the new healthcare issues of ageing patients with multiple chronic diseases whilst at the same time putting a brake on the excessively broad range of hospital services by reducing “irresponsible” ineffectively used hospital capacity (beds, services, equipment) within the network. Expensive care will be concentrated in fewer hospitals and overconsumption of medical activities will be prevented through replacing the retrospective payment per medical service with a prospective standard fee per hospitalized patient.
How do Belgian hospitals deal with this paradigm shift? Can the government work on quality of care and at the same time reduce budgets?
Can healthcare actors be obliged to work together? Do the governments of the three competent regions (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) follow the same line? How do physicians respond to this new reality? Will the network concept be able to redeem its promises?
Jan Beeckmans
General Director
University Hospital Brussels
Dr. Marc Geboers
Director of General Hospitals
Presentation: How do Belgian hospitals make the transition to a new organization model?
Objective: Give an overall insight into the strategy of transforming a hospital health care system in Belgium.
Professor Mark Noppen
Chief Executive Officer
University Hospital Brussels
Presentation: Healthcare in the future: in search of the Holy Grail
Objective: To give insights in future societal needs in healthcare, and the current and future methods in healthcare delivery needed to fulfill these needs.
Renaud Mazy
Chief Executive Officer
University Hospital Saint-Luc
Presentation: The network always wins!? The example of CU Saint-Luc.
Objective: To show participants from other countries how Belgian hospitals are concretely dealing with the network policies and what are the critical factors of success.

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The network always wins!?