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The OECD January 2017 Policy Forum addresses the Future of Health, exploring how person-centred care can become the ‘new normal’. While a greater focus on the needs of patients is welcomed, health services around the world are facing major challenges which risk compromising patient outcomes:
The narrative of a shift to person centred health risks being little more than a distraction while these fundamental constraints to health services continue. Reforms to increase the role of the patient will have little impact while access to medical treatment is under threat. The efficiency discourse needs to be broadened to look beyond short term spending cuts to long term investment. Reorienting health systems away from the supply side to focus patient outcomes still requires a strong health service capacity. An adequately resourced, integrated, publicly funded and provided health system would seem to offer the most efficient means by which patients’ needs can be met.
Ahead of the High-Level OECD Policy Forum on the Future of Health and OECD Health Ministerial meeting, taking place in Paris on 16-17 January, PSI launched a new briefing entitled “The Future of Health: Person Centred Care in Policy and Practice”.