One of the greatest achievements of modern times – the general advance in the quality of healthcare outcomes globally – has created one of our most pressing dilemmas. Around the world, healthcare systems are under strain as populations grow and get older. According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of the world’s population aged over 60 will nearly double to 22% by 2050, with much of this growth concentrated in low- and middle-income countries. There will be an increased need for palliative care and the treatment of chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and dementia.
This first Future Health Index (FHI) report provides a benchmark for 13 countries’ readiness to meet these and other key global healthcare challenges. The report measures this readiness by examining perceptions about the accessibility and level of integration of healthcare services, and the adoption of connected care technology throughout national healthcare systems. It is based on the input and self-reported behaviors of patients and healthcare professionals, which collectively produce a snapshot of how healthcare is experienced on both sides of the treatment room.
Key findings include: