This review of health care quality in Denmark examines policies related to quality and includes chapters covering primary and integrated care, hospital specialisation and equity. It finds that with a dense array of disease- and service-focused quality initiatives, and with information on the quality of care stored in separate data repositories, Denmark needs to create effective links and synergies between them to drive up quality in the healthcare system as a whole, rather than in disconnected elements.
Primary care will be central in meeting Denmark’s future healthcare challenges of an ageing population with multiple chronic conditions. Therefore, an urgent need is to create a national vision of how a modernised primary care sector will fulfill this new coordination role. National standards, clinical guidelines, accreditation of clinical pathways and targeted financial incentive programmes could support this role, along with more transparent and formalised continual professional development.
To facilitate quality improvement from the ambitious hospital rationalisation, Denmark should collect and disseminate data on the quality of individual physicians as well as the hospitals. Undergraduate training and medical research should be reviewed in light of the new service arrangements. Close surveillance will be needed to monitor whether certain patient groups forego healthcare because travel times to providers are too long. Limited data availability complicate Denmark’s ability to monitor its commitment to equitable healthcare. There is an urgent need for renewed action to tackle risk factors of chronic ill-health that disproportionately affect low-income groups. Better information on the impact of user-charges on unmet need in low-income groups is needed.
L’administration centrale ainsi que les régions danoises mènent l’effort engagé au niveau international afin de réformer les systèmes hospitaliers : il s’agit d’améliorer la qualité et la sécurité des soins en regroupant les spécialistes dans de grands hôpitaux et en fermant les plus petits établissements.
L’action répressive du Danemark en matière de lutte contre la corruption transnationale est insuffisante. On ne dénombre que 13 allégations de corruption transnationale et seule une affaire entrant dans le champ de la Convention de l’OCDE sur la lutte contre la corruption a donné lieu à des sanctions.
Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Denmark is the third in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Danish system has a number of strengths that have yet to be used in a more effective way, but also that quite a few changes are needed in order to raise the labour market particiption of people with mental ill-health.
Il ressort d’un nouveau rapport de l'OCDE que les réformes engagées actuellement par le Danemark sur le régime des pensions d’invalidité et la flexibilité du travail sont encourageantes, mais qu’il est nécessaire de mettre davantage l’accent sur les problèmes de santé mentale afin que ces réformes contribuent à une baisse durable du fort taux de chômage du pays.
This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.
Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.
On 8 October, the Secretary General, Angel Gurría, visited Denmark to participate in the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) and met with high level representatives of the Danish government.
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Education at a Glance 2012: Key facts - Denmark