Europe is going grey and, in a bit more than a decade we’ll be the oldest continent in the world. At the same time there is an urgent need to revolutionise healthcare systems that were largely designed and built in the 1950s.
In 2018, Friends of Europe launched a reflection process on health (dis)investment in Europe with the intention to provide a clear direction for the next EU mandate in 2019. The report which came out of it on “Smart (dis)investment choices in healthcare” harnesses the insights and contributions of a diverse group of senior stakeholders from all over Europe to comprehensively address the complementary issues of smarter investment for better health and disinvestment from health interventions that are ineffective, inefficient and outdated.
The report includes five recommendations that are underpinned by the principles of multi-stakeholder collaboration to modernise healthcare in the 21st century, always keeping citizens and equality at heart. One of the recommendations was to redesign health, to become a model fit for purpose in the 21st century. This discussion on the changing landscape of healthcare stems directly from this recommendation.
- Smart (dis)investment choices in healthcare - publication
- Smart (dis)investment choices in healthcare - event page
- #EuropeMatters - project page
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13.00 - 14.30
Healthcare is increasingly local, delivered at community level and even at home. Advances in technology and communications mean that complex care like chemotherapy, dialysis is no longer restricted to hospitals. The expensive nature of hospitals will need to be changed radically to fit into the more innovative and digitalised healthcare landscape of the years ahead. The next generation of hospitals must be designed differently, to optimise the patient experience. Operating smoothly 24 hours a day, with different departments seamlessly connected, hospitals should become more comfortable, efficient and cost-effective.
- What will the hospital of the future look like and how can we make it happen?
- Will shifts in societal behaviour eventually reduce the importance of hospitals in the medical landscape?
- How best can healthcare providers and public health experts enhance quality while adapting to these changes?
Tamsin Rose, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe
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