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What motivates and pushes us to excel? Some might say it’s inner drive, personal passion or the desire to help others. We know it’s also the enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from a job well done – especially when recognized.
World Health Day is coming up on April 7, 2019. The theme of this year’s event is Universal Health Care (UHC), a concept first adopted by all World Health Organization (WHO) member countries in the Alma-Ata Declaration. The focus of UHC is on primary health care as the core means for providing equitable, affordable and comprehensive health care to people in all countries. Many world governments are committed to achieving UHC by 2030.
Four years ago this month, the Business Group launched its Health Innovations Forum (HIF) to identify new solutions entering the employer market. Since then, HIF has received over 200 applications from startups looking for a chance to present to the Forum’s 35 employers and venture capitalist and consultant partners. Seventy have made it through to present to the Forum, with most resulting in relationships with Forum and Business Group members.
Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Although there are well-known psychological and pharmaceutical treatments, fewer than half of those affected in the world (in many countries, fewer than 10%) receive such treatments.
Some trends in health care transformation are already making their mark on the industry, including the migration towards value, competitive pressures driving efficiency, as well as the digital evolution opening the door to new entrants. How will this transformation impact the very fundamentals of health care economics?
The World Economic Forum estimates it will take 202 years to close the global gender gap at work. We can’t wait that long; we need to do more to drive change, level the playing field and turn good intentions into better outcomes.
This International Women’s Day let’s not only celebrate women, let’s build diverse, supportive workplace cultures that appeal to women, improve their health and well-being, and propel their success. For large employers, it’s a morale and economic imperative.
Are we at the tipping point? Given the imperative for health care transformation and policies that go beyond coverage reshuffling and cost shifting, challenging the fundamental issues in health care and making it more affordable for all, will the industry transform itself? Will government play a leading role and cut through bureaucratic and political obstacles to real health reform?