Healthcare in Flanders places a strong emphasis on social cohesion, whereby the care is embedded as much as possible in the fabric of society. That does, of course, ensure that people have more direct access to care, but there is more. This approach also has a major impact on the involvement of people in a community - and so on the quality of life of society.
“Connecting care” is the striking way Jan De Maeseneer describes this approach. The emeritus professor in general practice medicine is one of the founders of the Flemish approach, and a worldwide authority in the organisation of general care that is directly accessible to the citizen, so without referral. Even though he is retired, De Maeseneer is still an important advisor to the government, and as such assists in giving direction to the fight against corona. In short, he is a general who has fought many wars, who does not view the battle from behind the safety of the front, but even today still fights in the trenches.
De Maeseneer is, for example, one of the architects of the division of Flanders into so-called primary zones, which makes the concept of connecting care possible.