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Health systems futures: the challenges of technology, prevention and insurance

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Sato, Azusa (2012) Health systems futures: the challenges of technology, prevention and insurance. Futures, 44 (7). pp. 696-703. ISSN 0016-3287

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.futures.2012.04.009


This article argues that the futures of health systems depend on how countries address three wider challenges that include: (a) the adoption of health innovations and quality improvements, (b) responses to new non-communicable and preventable global diseases, as well as (c) adjusting financial models to current insurance constraints. Future trends point towards an increasing dependence on productive quality improvements, the personalisation of health care and the organisation of delivery and finance to take advantage of existing knowledge. Prevention, and disease avoidance, particularly that of non-communicable diseases, will aim to reduce pressure on “care components” of the health system whilst global control of communicable risks will become apparent. Finally, trends suggest an increase in patient participation and personalisation of insurance contracts will help to realign risk sharing with cost containment and financial sustainability. Other potential challenges such as ageing are regarded as second order issues to be addressed through these aforementioned future trends.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
LSE Health
Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 10:34
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 17:30

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