There can be no doubt that our healthcare system is under great stress. For some, the problems we face are insurmountable. For others, probably a minority, they are real and difficult to overcome, but they are an opportunity. As with so many things, it depends on your outlook. Our own view is captured in our brand: we are optimistic, collaborative, dialogue-driven, and we believe in research and innovations for practical, provable solutions. In short, we believe that every challenge we face, however steep, can be overcome. There are provisos. Without collaboration, all our efforts are diffuse, separated, inefficient, perhaps even…
Just recently, the Sunday Independent provided space in the newspaper for what it billed a “Great Debate on NHI” that featured contributions from the Free Market Foundation and the Minister of Health. As you will see by clicking on the link below, a number of statements were made and positions are taken that required a response.
Mortality due to low-quality health systems in the universal health coverage era: a systematic analysis of amenable deaths in 137 countries.
Excerpt: “Our analysis shows that at all levels of development and across different scopes of insured services, poor quality of care will limit the mortality reduction possible from greater coverage. Countries pursing UHC must put better quality on par with expanded coverage if they are to substantially improve health.”