We know that the world population is getting older and sicker, but did you know that by 2030, India and China will each have more cases of diabetes than the US? Infectious diseases, too, can spread rapidly; TB knows no bounds and is increasingly drug-resistant. You could call this the ‘globalisation of disease’.
World-wide, more and more is spent on healthcare, yet returns, in terms of better health, do not correlate well with expenditure.
Solutions will include:
- Personlised healthcare, e.g. mapping an individual’s genome to predict disease and nip it in the bud
- Telehealth, e.g. keeping people out of hospital and maintaining wellness
- Bigger public health projects, e.g. safe drinking water
A key requirement will be leadership and collaboration. How can we create a compelling vision of better, affordable, global healthcare? Comments?