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Title: Development of health services in Malta : past, present and future
Authors: Bugeja, Amanda
Farrugia, Beatrice
Grech, Kenneth
Keywords: Health services administration -- Malta
Health planning -- Malta
Medical care -- Data processing
Medical care -- Law and legislation -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Malta Association of Public Health Medicine
Citation: Bugeja, A., Farrugia, B., & Grech, K. (2019). Development of health services in Malta : past, present and future. In N. Azzopardi Muscat, D. Cauchi & T. Melillo Fenech (Eds.), Public Health in Malta : 1999 - 2019 (pp. 10-14). Malta: Malta Association of Public Health Medicine.
Abstract: As with other modern health systems, Malta has experienced significant changes in its health care landscape over the past two decades. Major changes have occurred, in the country itself and in its health care system, impacting both the provision and consumption of healthcare. The accession of Malta to the European Union has shaped Malta’s health system by catalysing change, standardising certain processes and bringing new legislation. Investments in the infrastructure and health workforce together with innovative management policies and techniques have enhanced the delivery of healthcare to patients. The digitalisation of healthcare has also had a major boost in the past two decades, revolutionising healthcare provision while narrowing the gap between the patient and the healthcare provider. Various strategies and policies have been published and implemented to enhance the delivery of clinical services with the aim of reducing the disease burden of the Maltese population, from diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This article traces these main developments in a descriptive and analytical manner and provides a number of insights for the future.
ISBN: 9789995715120
Appears in Collections:Public Health in Malta: 1999 - 2019

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