EARLY INTERVENTION: ACTING QUICKLY CAN IMPROVE PROGNOSIS AND REDUCE COSTS
Source: EU Whitepaper
When deciding whether to invest in potentially costly prevention programmes, policymakers face the impact of electoral cycles. It isn’t always simple for them to ‘invest’ in healthcare programmes that make take several years to have an effect or which make take some time to evaluate robustly. Small scale pilot programmes can be useful to demonstrate benefits and give politicians a compelling case for scaling them up to regional or national levels.
And in a context of increased scrutiny of healthcare expenditures, justifying the cost of investing in healthcare can prove difficult. New analytic tools and models are needed to demonstrate the potential benefits of smart healthcare investments. In Italy, a new simulation tool has been developed to do just that. Drawing from extensive data, the dynamic microsimulation model will help policymakers understand the financial and health impact of changes in obesity levels, demonstrating the long-term benefits of investing in prevention programmes. With these tools, policymakers and politicians can see beyond the short-term costs and help lead the way to a healthier future.
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.