Primary care reform heads for president's desk after clearing Senate

The Senate on 10 November passed without changes the new Primary care law, approved by the lower house in late October. The legislation now moves to president for signature.

As reported, the law gives a stronger role to the primary care doctor, who will serve as coordinator of care for the patient, guiding them within the network of healthcare services, collaborating and exchanging information with other doctors and parts of the healthcare system to ensure that the patient receives continuous and comprehensive care. The reform also introduces teamwork into primary care, with primary care doctors acting as heads of teams that will also include a primary care nurse and midwife.

The rollout of the new primary care model will be preceded by pilot programme that will last until the end of 2019.