Actually, the Belgian Health card projects are rare and are “private” initiatives until a few months ago politics seemed not to be very concerned with these projects (no interest? not enough information?) but this is changing slowly. The media coverage of the different Belgiam projects, the German model made them wake up.
What is hidden under the concept of “Health Card”, in Belgium? It means every card used in the Health care system. Two experiences obviously refer to the notion of “Health Card”: the Hemacard experience, a specialized clinical record on a smart card which, in keeping with the Constructive Technology Assessment method is conducted in Haematology department of the Mont-Godinne Hospital, and the experience of the CPAS of the city of Charleroi, an administrative Health “card” for people who are in a precarious situation1. There are other administrative cards used in the Belgiam Health care system but they are not called “Health cards”: the Health insurance cards given by the Mutual insurance companies to their affiliated members, the internal cards used in some hospitals.
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