PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann shared the following analysis on the question of developing health systems and universal healthcare that was discussed by a panel of experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. Above, you can watch the panel’s discussion.
Is universal health coverage a pipe dream, the fevered aim of Geneva bureaucrats,and beyond the reach of real world health systems? This session attempted to tackle this tough question. What are the practical steps we can take now and for the coming decades so that by 2040 we have achieved universal health coverage, or healthcare for all that is sustainable because it is available, affordable and of high quality?
Fifty participants considered three general approaches:
- How to build healthy communities and cities
- How to leverage technology and data
- How to deliver healthcare innovatively
Coming from many different perspectives, consensus emerged around a few key points. Universal coverage by 2040 passes through recognition that healthcare requires holistic, multisectoral approaches.”Health is not just the province of the minister of health,” said one minister of health in the session.
We need to collectively move from disease treatment to health promotion and wellness. The social determinants of health may vary greatly, as one participant noted, but an embrace of health promotion in all circumstances will lift all health boats.Read More ›