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Cost explosion : National Geographic Magazine—Blog Central

First have a look at the graph below.

The Netherlands are to be expected in same range as Spain. If i have exact numbers i will state here.

Perhaps a closer look into participatory healthcare is needed from governments.

It could be part of the solution to help mitigating the cost-explosion and could help in engaging the labour-challenge we are facing in the upcoming years.

These kind of processes are crucial for the future, wherein patients can take part again of their own disease in stead of “only” suffer from it. 

Not only gives it a option to improve healthcare, but also may be could prevent disease since we will be able to understand certain processes better, and we will be more collaborating with the real experts : the patients themselves.

Multi-morbiditi (on higher age), could be better aided, cured and cared if the patients could be co-directors of the proces, which has to be based on adequate information, evidence and innovation.

New business models or finance-structures have to be sketched out may be to make substitution between the different echelons, where investments in one could mean better health or a major cost reduction in the other.

What the role of the internet is and could be is one of the major questions in this (r)evolution, while in other brances like music, finance and travel industry the disruptive effect of it is obvious.
How could community based models; online as in real life aswell the combination of both of them, help us in this challenge would be one of the others.

Posted Dec 18,2009


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The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in life span and contributes to an estimated 45,000 deaths a year. Why the high cost? The U.S. has a fee-for-service system—paying medical providers piecemeal for appointments, surgery, and the like. That can lead to unneeded treatment that doesn’t reliably improve a patient’s health. Says Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who studies health insurance worldwide, “More care does not necessarily mean better care.”  —Michelle Andrews 


Lucien Engelen

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