Have your say – The Economist opens it’s Health Care Forum

The Economist opens it’s Health Care Forum September 7th 2014.

The health-care industry is in a state of flux. New disruptions have altered the landscape, changed the status quo and provided fresh opportunities for companies around the world. The Economist‘s second annual Health Care Forum will address innovation in care delivery and products, discuss the best business strategies for growth and explore investment prospects within the sector.

Join the conversation and connect with attendees and speakers on Twitter via #HealthCareForum.

The health care industry is at a turning point around the world. Populations are aging, costs are rising alongside spending and governments are legislating new models. Health care companies are no longer simply defined as a doctor’s office, hospital or insurer, and the sector itself is becoming more globalized.

As technologies offer the promise of a solution, the pace of change in the health care industry has hit fast forward, and payers, providers and patients remain unclear about the impact of these changes for the future. How should health care professionals prepare for the future?

NHSreality believes the pressures described, acting on all Health Care Systems mean that rationing has to increase. To make the rationing fair it has to be overt and universal. It has to exclude clearly and reasonably both cheap services and extremely expensive ones. It has to bring in affordable co-payments and it has to accept that “everything for everyone, for ever” is not possible. The Information Age means we cannot hide the facts from the citizen..

One method is Scheerder’s sieves from Holland way back in time…

Scheerder's Sieves

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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