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
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Global Health Care: Health Care Trends  
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Expiration Date: September 25, 2016


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Describe generally recognized factors that impact the health status of the world.        
  2. Identify issues that strain the health systems in developing and developed countries.
  3. Cite global trends associated with maternal and child health; international medical research, development and manufacturing; and medical travel and tourism.
  4. Explain predicted impacts of global health care trends for patients and physicians.  

Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and medical students.   

Statement of Need
There is a need to educate physicians on the critical factors that will likely influence medicine and the delivery of health care in the 21st century and the potential impact of these trends that will affect physicians' professional practice in a myriad ways. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credits
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, you must; 1) view the activity material in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation.

CME Planning Committee

Barry Dickinson, PhD - AMA CME Program Committee
Susan Close, RN - Director, Long Range Health Care Trends, Secretary, CLRPD
Victoria Elliott - Senior Research Associate, CLRPD
Clifford Moy, MD - Chair, CLRPD
Gamini Soori, MD - Vice Chair, CLRPD

Susan Close, RN, author
Victoria Elliott, MA, author
Marilyn Laughead, MD, content reviewer
Clifford Moy, MD, content reviewer 
James Goodyear, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Mary Herald, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Alfred Herzog, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Glenn Loomis, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Gamini Soori, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
H. Hugh Vincent, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Alik Widge, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Douglas Phelan, Medical Student, CLRPD Member, content reviewer

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

Hardware/software Requirements
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Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc. 
Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
PDF Adobe Reader 5.0 or higher.

Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Susan Close at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
210 Registered Users
1.25 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians