Healthcare – the case for change
Today, healthcare is simply not working as it needs to, and health systems are struggling to deliver accessible, high-quality care to patients.
The reality is that there are not enough doctors and nurses to address the growing demand for care. Some are leaving the profession for good, others are burnt out. They’re overloaded, overworked and overwhelmed – working in a system that is complex, siloed and disconnected. This has only become clearer for me in the last year.
In parallel, rising costs are stretching financial budgets to the limit. There’s increasing pressure to do more with less, only adding to the burden.
The result? Long waiting times, less accessible care delivery, and a loss of confidence in the system.
The harsh truth is that – let me call it out – health systems will not hold if we continue down this path. The demands are simply unsustainable. Everyone agrees that we need to ‘fix the system’, but healthcare providers are struggling to transform, as the immediate day-to-day pressures eat up all available time and resources.
At Philips, we’re calling for systemic change. Change that addresses technology, clinical practice, financing and regulation as an integrated whole. Change that delivers healthcare that works for everyone. Without change, communities all around the world – both rich and poor, in both wealthy and emerging economies – will increasingly face challenges to get the care they need.