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Healthcare Management


THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE - Where are We heading to ?


Despite evolutions in technologies, diseases always seem to be a step ahead. This brings to the fore the role of healthcare systems and their ability to cope when faced with challenges and their timely prevention of epidemics. We take a look at the current healthcare landscape.


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ealth has humanity’s most precious and most universal value, but it is also our most


sensitive resource. Globalization has greatly contributed to economic growth, but at the same time our world has become more vulnerable to economic downturn. As health systems across the world expand their reach and services, the costs of healthcare are expanding enormous- ly. Healthcare and research systems have to respond to these challenges. Academia, governments, industry and the civil society must develop joint solutions with a global and multi-dis- ciplinary approach. Life expectancies are increasing


in both high-income and low-income countries and chronic diseases, like obesity and diabetes are also on the rise. Arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases are crippling more and more people, not only in the aging population but also in the younger part of the society. The great burden of treating rising numbers of chronically ill patients will become increasingly unacceptable. Therefore we urgently need to find solutions for a sustainable adaptation of healthcare systems to this epidemiological transi- tion. Awareness must be raised about the global economic risk and impact of chronic / non-communicable diseases. A multi-stakeholder approach is the only way to tackle the rising global burden of these diseases. Besides the rising impact of chron- ic diseases, infectious diseases are


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HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT Vol. 1 Issue 2 August 2011


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