ROLE OF THE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL IN THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INTEGRATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Aim: The perceptions towards disability and the disability legislation has changed over the last years. However, for the persons with disabilities and their families a clear path to follow to manage their conditions and successfully integrate in the economic and social life has not been established, yet. Material and methods: Analysis of the status of disability practice in Europe and in our country, and an attempt to establish the role of the rehabilitation doctor and regional rehabilitation hospital in the long-time management of these patients. Results: The largest share of a hospital income is based on contracts with the National Health Insurance Agency, so all rehabilitation procedures conducted during hospitalization must fit into standardized protocols developed by expert committees. The same is true for the outpatient rehabilitation. Conclusions: Many aspects would require improvement in our country and it is the duty of the rehabilitation doctor to ensure personalized care for all patients. Therefore, there is a need for some changes, starting with attracting collateral funding, implementation of national healthcare programs and establishment of non-governmental agencies.
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