Health systems will not automatically gravitate towards greater fairness and efficiency. This world will not become a fair place for health all by itself. Deliberate policy decisions are needed. It requires appropriate conditions at the health care system level and in actual practice to make primary care providers able and willing to take responsibility for the health of the population under their care.
A key element is effective collaboration with well-organized secondary care. Therefore EFPC and TAHEV supported by the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the WHO regional office for Europe, seizes the momentum where austerity measures are still ongoing, to emphasize the need to further explore how a fine balance between primary and secondary care can lead to more integration and better health outcomes.