Acute to Community Care

Governments across Canada have been talking about moving care out of hospitals and into the community for decades. Recent policy changes suggest that this trend is intensifying as technology allows more procedures to be done on an outpatient basis and acute care services are increasingly concentrated in large centres of excellence. Post-acute care is also shifting to the community, with more care being provided in the home or through community-based organizations instead of recovery or ongoing care occurring in hospital. How can governments, health care providers, and citizens ensure that this shift takes place in a way that preserves quality of health care services, access to services and equity of health outcomes?

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