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REGENERA: The Hague Learning Points [EN] (13/2/06)

December 1-3, 2005, a survey group, composed of  URBACT-REGENERA partners, were received by a team of The Hague experts. Object of the visit were social support systems, social quality and health care in the city's poorer areas.

wagnerHague5c03.jpgSecretary Alexander Wagner (Urban Community of Lyon, France) of the REGENERA Network, wrote (Dec. 22, 2005) a short resume of this visit: The Hague Learning Points. [PDF] 444887-280714-thumbnail.jpg
Download PDFof Hague Learning Points, 5 pages

The short paper contains a description of the main activities and summarises some of the major discussions.
The report on the meeting is still in elaboration and will be finished early next year, he wrote.

 My on-the-spot-photo-report of this working group can be found at "At Home in Europe" (1,2 and 3 december 2005), and also here and here, and here plus: there. 

 19 January 2006, I asked attention for new developments in the Dutch health care system, with heavy consequences for the situation in The Hague.

So far, all in English.

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In Dutch ("In Europa Thuis"), I started a small series of updates on parallel developments in health care (privatisation, devolution, exclusion) in the USA and in the UK, that will be continued with a German, a French and a Belgian update.

In French ("L'Europe Chez Soi"), on 19 January 2006, I produced some "talking points" on this part of the REGENERA research: La Haye: Où j'en suis.

Also in French, I composed a rather huge text about the more general trends in economic and social policy (and the technological changes) that caused the near-disappearing of the motives and reasons that, a century ago, shaped the national systems of care, in particular the urban health care arrangements: Health Care for Every One: A Fragile Solidarity.

One of the main conclusions of this text:

"C'est sur les villes que retombe la lourde tâche de gérer cette transformation dramatique. En étant incapables de remédier plus que très partiellement à la disparition progressive de la protection sanitaire (et sociale), elles risquent de devoir prendre le chemin de l'exclusion des populations concernées et de les reléguer hors des limites urbaines. Dans les cas des immigrés de souche étrangère, on peut constater qu'on n'hésite pas à favoriser par beaucoup de moyens un exil vers les pays d'origine."

At this point, I can only say, that we are on a thrilling track to some more transparence about the health care crisis that is looming upon many European cities... 

 

Alexander Wagner: REGENERA The Hague Learing Points

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