Healthcare funding has become one of the biggest issues of our time. Barely a week goes by without news of a revolutionary new technology that could save lives, or alleviate suffering that once was a life sentence. But innovative treatments fuel demand, as do growing populations and increasing lifespans. Across the world, healthcare costs are growing faster than national incomes1, forcing us to confront some major questions.
In the UK, where around £1 in every £12 spent goes on health2, the NHS has been likened to a “national religion”3. Yet headlines about deficits and a growing burden of chronic disease are increasingly leading to questions about the sustainability of the “cradle to grave” model of taxpayer funded healthcare.4
In the United States, where health swallows 17.1% of GDP5, the ‘Obamacare’ reforms were introduced in an attempt to provide affordable healthcare to millions. But they also sparked a fierce national debate that continues to rage.
Meanwhile, in much of Europe the move has been in a different direction, with countries like the Netherlands turning to market forces in an attempt to increase efficiency. Patient satisfaction is said to be growing, but so are costs.6
Taking the party politics out of the argument
Chaired by BBC broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, the 2016 Astellas Innovation Debate will ask where next for the world’s health services as they struggle to cope with the funding squeeze. With some of the biggest names in global health, we’ll try to take the party politics out of the arguments, and focus on the facts instead.
In front of an invited audience of key figures from the worlds of medicine, politics and business, our panel of world-leading experts will debate the biggest questions about the future of healthcare:
- Should we expect less from the state and take more responsibility for our own health?
- Is marketisation the way to improve quality and efficiency – or a threat to the principle of universal healthcare?
- Should we simply pay more tax?
- What role does innovation play in addressing the funding challenge?
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The 2016 Astellas Innovation Debate
Situation Critical: Making Healthcare Fit for the Future