Healthcare focus needs to shift to community

An equally significant change is occurring within our health service systems. We are entering an era where health care will primarily be delivered in community settings, with the role of hospitals diminished to that of high-tech acute care settings.

The inevitability of this change is not yet evident to those whom it will most affect. State health services, primarily responsible for funding the hospital component of health care, persist in a hospital-centric view of the world.

Last week at my surgery an invitation arrived via fax to attend a tour of the grand

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