La France en mauvaise santé?

Measuring the expanding European healthcare landscape since 2005, the Health Consumer Powerhouse finds reasons to be optimistic about the development of European healthcare. There are evident positive trends – but also challenges to meet. After our four years of comparisons we now see that the leading healthcare systems start adopting consumer trends. Some of the fore-runners seem to implement strategies with the aim to support choice by providing information and via consumer priorities building a down-top pressure for improvement of services and quality of care. Patient rights legislation has become common around Europe (a fact in a slight majority of the 31 assessed national healthcare systems). In almost as many there is the right of a second opinion and free access to your medical record. This builds patient empowerment essential to meet tomorrows´ challenges in values, demography and funding. Here partnership between the individual and the care system will be the tool. Closing the gap between patients and professionals has to be part of any grand strategy for the future. Another key movement must be to reduce the inequalities between old and new EU members. Here the EHCI 2008 suggests inspiring action among some Central European countries, using consumer empowerment as a tool to move ahead. The Hungarian “information revolution” has been rewarded by a quick climb in the Index rank. But, some might ask, is it reasonable to give e-Health and consumer information such a weight in an overall comparison of healthcare performance? Yes, we believe so. Information will be the instrument for this huge transition, re-shaping healthcare the way we have already seen in other major service industries. With such a perspective e-Health is a spearhead to radically reduce costs opening for rapid treatment access and patient safety advancement. In spite of improvement on many fronts there are reasons to be worried about the lack of progress in parts of the EU. The better the transparency on performance the more striking is the lack of progress among some member systems. It looks as it also takes joint systematic pan-European action to change cultures, systems design and outcomes. In order to support this idea we have added two accession countries this year, in order for policy makers to be able to include them in any actions and analysis. This year Netherlands is the outstanding winner, deserving our congratulations

Voir : http://www.healthpowerhouse.com/files/2008-EHCI/EHCI-2008-report.pdf

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