My pick of healthcare systems would be none. Why?
All the choices are dated. Rather than looking at a model in it’s entirety, we need to look deeper to what aspects are working and why.
What we know is that healthcare financing affects timely access and all systems no matter how they are currently financed have access issues whether it’s waitlists, the cost of care or patient’s who prioritize savings over timely care.
We also know that untimely care typically results in more expensive care. So the question should be not which system is best but rather do we shift the financing to emphasize more timely care that keeps people healthy.
The questions that everyone should be asking now are:
1/ Which companies should be at risk for keeping people healthy?
2/ Which companies should be at risk for delivering high quality care?
3/ What role should the government play to make healthcare affordable?
As an industry, we can’t answer those questions. We need to know:
1/ Who do people trust as a partner for their journey through life?
2/ How much involvement are they willing to tolerate before the solution becomes too invasive and creepy?
3/ How can we build trust?