This chapter explores the meaning of place for health care governance. Although place is gaining importance in public health studies, it remains under theorized as an analytical concept. As a consequence, place is merely viewed as a context variable or a neutral backdrop for policymaking. This chapter provides a more dynamic reconceptualization of place by looking at the activity of replacing as a means to govern health care. Three different cases of re-placement of care are discussed that show how re-placements work out in practice: e-health, concentration of hospital care and neighbourhood care. The cases reveal not only the invisible work that is necessary to establish and maintain re-placements, but also demonstrate the political and symbolic uses of place for health care governance.

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Keywords place, health care governance, re-placements of care, concentration of hospital care, neighborhood governance, e-health
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Oldenhof, L.E, Postma, J.P, & Bal, R.A. (2016). Re-placing care : Governing care through spatial arrangements. In Oxford Handbook of Health Care Management / edited by Ewan Ferlie, Kathleen Montgomery, Anne Reff Pedersen. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198705109.013.26