2016 Elfenworks Conference Tackles Healthcare
The United States has one of the highest costs of healthcare with health spending at 17.4% of its GDP. Even among those who have access to healthcare, satisfaction with the quality, cost and coverage is low. A recent Gallup showed that: 47% of Americans rated healthcare quality in U.S. negatively, two-thirds rated healthcare coverage negatively and fewer than one in four were satisfied with the cost of healthcare. The health care ecosystem consists of many players and layers, including people receiving the care, care providers, suppliers and developers of medical devices and drugs, physicians, insurance companies, state and federal government, and hospitals among others. Clearly, there are many resource constraints in providing a decent level of health care to all.
How then can we move towards a coverage that ensures everyone has a ‘reasonable’ minimum level of coverage at an affordable cost? How do we reconcile equality with quality and efficiency? How can we keep health related technological innovation growing? What are some innovative solutions? What is the role of government—of the private for and not for profit sectors? The 2016 Elfenworks Conference on Healthcare addressed these and other issues.