Special articleAnesthesiology in the Belgian health care environment
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AbstractThis article focuses on anesthesiology practice in the context of Belgian health care. The first part describes the organization of Belgian health care, the role of private and public initiatives, the division of responsibilities between the different health authorities, the financing mechanisms, and the central role of the compulsory social health care insurance. Quantitative information on the evolution of expenditures, services, providers, and facilities is presented.The second part of the article deals more specifically with anesthesiology and contains information on current practice. The emphasis, however, concerns recent developments in training and accreditation.

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