11 July 2019

‘Primary plus’ care is a strong alternative to hospital

A major reduction in health care costs per patient and shorter waiting lists, plus an increase in patient satisfaction with no detrimental effects on health outcomes. These are the key results of a multi-year trial of an alternative to regular hospital care dubbed ‘primary plus’. This intermediate between primary and secondary health care involves close cooperation between GPs and medical specialists at centres that are separate from the hospital. A patient visiting a primary plus centre sees a medical specialist, who provides the GP with a treatment recommendation, while the GP remains in charge of the case. Researchers at Maastricht University (UM) have evaluated this experiment in the Province of Zuid-Limburg, and they present their final report today.