Making it easier for citizens in the Capital Region of Denmark

​A new health services agreement between the Capital Region of Denmark and the region’s 29 municipalities focuses on equality in health.

A new health services agreement between the Capital Region of Denmark and the region’s 29 municipalities focuses on equality in health.

If you suffer an injury or get a chronic disease, you may need help from several different parties, e.g. your own GP or the hospital, or maybe even the municipality.

And we want you to feel that it is easy to navigate between health care providers and the local authorities.

Therefore, the Capital Region of Denmark and its 29 municipalities have entered into a new health services agreement with the GPs in the region. The health services agreement comprises four overall political visions. 

These four visions rest on the common goal that citizens feel that they are at the centre. Citizens are to be more involved in their own treatment course, and our health services should rest on the principle of equality in health. Moreover, the agreement is to pave the way for developing and disseminating new ways of working together.

Four overall visions for the new health services agreement

A health services agreement is an agreement for a set of common goals and mutual commitments and collaboration with regard to preventive measures, treatment, care and rehabilitation. 

The health services agreement aims in particular at collaboration regarding vulnerable groups, e.g. elderly medical patients, people suffering from mental disease, and vulnerable children. 

“Our health services as a whole are characterised by constantly developing and adopting new specialist fields and types of treatment. Overall, this is positive, however it may at times mean that citizens and their families find it extremely difficult to navigate in the health services we offer. 

We cannot expect the individual to be responsible for fitting all the pieces of the puzzle together. As politicians in the region and the municipalities, we must take on the responsibility to do this, and the health services agreement will help us do exactly that,” said Per Seerup (Social Democratic Party), Chairman of the Health Coordination Committee in the Capital Region of Denmark. He went on to add:

“Not only should our staff provide professional treatment. Patients should also feel that they have received this kind of treatment!

Health services should be adapted to match the individual’s needs and resources

Easy and equal access to health is one of the core principles of the Danish health service, and sometimes equality actually calls for differentiated offers that have been adapted to the individual’s situation, resources and needs. Strong partnerships and greater inclusion of the individual are to contribute to ensuring this.

“I’m particularly pleased that with this health services agreement we have increased the focus on equality in health and seeing the citizen as a an active collaboration partner. Easy and equal access is a fundamental principle in the Danish health service. 

As part of the health services agreement, we will be able to provide citizens suffering from e.g. multiple diseases differentiated response efforts so as to ensure that they can benefit as much as possible from the health services as a whole,” said Ninna Thomsen (Socialist People's Party), Vice Chairman of the Health Coordination Committee and Mayor for Health Services in the City of Copenhagen.

Facts

  • The four political goals for the health services agreement are:
    • ​Ensuring citizens a high quality health service
    • Ensuring citizens experience that their voice is heard and that they contribute to developing a professional health service
    • Ensuring the region’s health service contributes to creating greater equality in health
    • Developing and disseminating new modes of collaboration
  • ​Health services agreements were introduced in the Danish Health Act in 2007

  • The objective of these agreements is to ensure that patient treatment is organised across hospitals, municipalities and practice sectors 

  • The health services agreement is drawn up at least once every term of office.

  • The final health services agreement has just been approved by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority.

For more information please contact:

  • ​​​Per Seerup (Social Democratic Party), Chairman of the Health Coordination Committee, mobile phone +45 20 81 52 62
  • Ninna Thomsen (Socialist People's Party), Vice Chairman of the Health Coordination Committee and Mayor for Health Services in the City of Copenhagen via Press Officer Trine Maria Ilsøe, mobile phone +45 30 12 22 76.

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