Global Health Care: Health Care Trends
The health of the world is challenged by an economy that is still recovering from the most recent recession, higher rates of chronic disease, an aging population, globalization, continuing infectious disease outbreaks and climate change. All countries have limited health care resources, which require restraint in health care cost growth, while providing care for a population that needs and demands increased services. Per capita health care cost growth has slowed on average in response to the worldwide economic decline that began in 2008. The International Monetary Fund stated in January 2014 that global economic activity had “strengthened,” but that “downward revisions to growth forecasts in some economies highlight continued fragilities.” Additionally, globalization has resulted in physicians who, not only compete with their peers locally, but with physicians on the other side of the world as well. Infectious diseases remain ongoing threats and weak preventive measures in one part of the world will translate to outbreaks elsewhere. The full impact of global climate change is just beginning to be measured. This report by the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development analyzes data on chronic disease and an aging population; health care infrastructures in developed countries; health care infrastructures in developing countries; maternal and child health; international medical research, development and manufacturing; medical travel and tourism; telemedicine; and infectious diseases and immunizations to formulate predicted impacts of various trends for patients, physicians and policymakers. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Susan Close at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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