Sean Rossman USA TODAY Published 9:24 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 Finland's United Nations representative defended the country's health care on Wednesday after Nikki Haley appeared to knock the Finnish system in a string of tweets. It all started after Haley, the U.S.'s former U.N. ambassador, dug up a weeks-old tweet from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. On March 6, Sanders tweeted that it costs "on average, $12,000" to have a baby in the United States. "In Finland it costs $60," he added, before injecting part of his campaign platform. "We've got to end the disgrace of our profit-driven health care system and pass Medicare for all." Haley retweeted the tweet Wednesday with a critique of Sanders, telling the senator "you're not the woman having the baby so I wouldn’t be out there talking about skimping on a woman when it comes to childbirth. Trust me! Nice try though." Maternal deaths … [Read more...] about Finland’s Kai Sauer knocks Nikki Haley for her health care comments
One thing that all health care stakeholders agree on is that our global health systems are near breaking point. The aging population and increasing incidence of chronic disease, innovative technologies and new powerful drugs have led to an unsustainable cost explosion, and it is not surprising that the pressure is mounting. The statistics make difficult and conclusive reading. Global health care spending is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4 percent in 2017–2022, from $7.724 trillion to $10.059 trillion. With rising demand for health care, this is exacerbated by high levels of clinical waste and unexplained variance in treatment and outcomes. It is estimated that $3 trillion goes to waste every year in health care, with the U.S. alone accounting for $1 trillion. Adding to the challenge are worryingly high rates of staff burnout, administrative complexity, and excessive and widely varying prices. As a priority, the global health care community is urgently seeking … [Read more...] about How health care informatics supports increased productivity and better patient experiences
AT JABAL AMMAN mental-health clinic, perched atop a hill in the old town of Jordan’s capital, Walaa Etawi, the manager, and her colleagues list the countries from where they see refugees—and what ails them. There are Iraqis (many with post-traumatic stress, says a nurse), Syrians (a lot of depression), Sudanese (anxiety), and at least ten other nationalities. By official estimates, 1.4m people have poured into Jordan from Syria’s civil war alone. Disaster-relief groups like the International Medical Corps (IMC), which runs the Jabal Amman clinic, came to help. In the past two decades care for mental distress in such emergencies, whether wrought by conflict or natural calamity, has become an immediate priority—on a par with shelter and food. And what has been learnt from disasters has inspired new, pared-down mental-health care models that can be deployed quickly to help lots of people. In parts of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and elsewhere these models … [Read more...] about What disasters reveal about mental-health care
Secretary General Angel Gurria of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said Friday that reviving Finland's recently scrapped social service and health care overhaul (known as sote) is an economic necessity.Gurria spoke to news agency STT during a vist to Helsinki to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Finland joining the OECD.Gurria claimed that municipalities in Finland would be unable to ensure stable health care funding, but that the failed proposal's 18 regional administrations was also too many. Gurria also raised the aging population as a concern."Small self-governing units sound like an elegant form of administration, but can they fund equal services? The answer is no," Gurria stated. "Eighteen regions in a country this size is too many, but it would be a start."Digitalisation, robotics both threat and opportunityThe breakneck pace of technological development is likely to offer great possibilities, Gurria said, while adding that technology and … [Read more...] about OECD chief: Finland must revive flopped health care reform
UPDATED: 03/01/2019 at 09:03Click to find out more. Picture: Alex Proimos Seeing a doctor in the Finnish national healthcare system can sometimes prove difficult. It is not just me, friends also encounter the difficulty of seeing a doctor when using the public system. Whether with an appointment or waiting in the local health center to hopefully see a doctor, the first person encountered will normally be a nurse. Maybe this is efficient use of resources so that only those with bigger issues than the nurse can sort out get to see the doctor. However, in the larger health center, the system makes it almost impossible to see the same doctor every time and causes a lack of continuity for ongoing long-term health problems. It should not be due to a shortage of doctors because Eurostat figures for 2014 suggest that the capital region has 440 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants compared to the EU average of around 356 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. The more rural … [Read more...] about Is Finnish Health Care Value for Money?