REDESIGNING CARE DELIVERY: IMPROVING THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE AND SYSTEM EFFICIENCY
Healthcare systems today are built around treating communicable diseases. This is also known as primary care. However, the heavy focus on communicable diseases has long-term, society-wide consequences on work productivity and quality of life. Patients may also suffer from poor management of their disease. Why?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a body that follows care delivery in Europe closely, the emphasis given to communicable diseases tends to skew health expenditures.
“Public health services in many countries focus on communicable diseases and have only slowly begun to integrate structures and activities for non-communicable diseases… Primary care continues to pose challenges in many countries with a narrow task profile, limited recognition, weak links to higher levels of care and inadequate funding. These patterns are often the result of skewed health expenditure trends that favour acute curative services and high-tech diagnostics at the expense of prevention, health promotion, rehabilitation and social care,” states the WHO.
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Spotlight on Prevention: When, Who and How?
Unhealthy lifestyles and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of chronic diseases. Early prevention and diagnosis, better education, and above all collaboration among governments, patient organizations, and industry are crucial to prevent chronic diseases from arising.