Friday, April 28, 2006

HealthCast 2020

HealthCast 2020" It is time to look outward. The attitude that all healthcare should be local is dangerously provincial and, in extreme cases, xenophobic. The days when healthcare sectors operate in silos must end. New solutions are emerging from beyond traditional boundaries and innovative business models are being formed as healthcare becomes globalized. These solutions are changing the way the Chinese think about financing hospitals, Americans recruit physicians, Australians reimburse providers for care, Europeans embrace competition, and Middle Eastern governments build for future generations.
In a world in which economies are globally interdependent and the productivity of nations relies on the health of its citizens, the sustainability of the world’s health systems is a national competitive issue and a global economic imperative. Moreover, there is a moral obligation to create a global sustainable health system. The stakes could not be higher.
The idea of sustainability is subject to many interpretations. It is often used in the context of environmental protection and renewal of natural resources. One comprehensive definition can be found in Paul Hawkin’s book, The Ecology of Commerce: “Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity to provide for future generations.” This definition applies in profound ways to healthcare."

Here's the full-text of the HealthCast 2020 report. Very thought-provoking !

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