We are reaching the first peak of COVID-19 infections around the world, and it is important that we start the conversation about the shape of healthcare after this is all over. COVID has exposed all the weak points in healthcare systems around the world and not doing anything about them would be gross negligence of the worst type.
If we don’t fix these problems, then we are simply condemning more people to die.
There needs to be a fundamental shift in how we fund, deliver, resource, and build healthcare facilities, programs, products, and services. Healthcare can no longer be considered and funded as if it was a privilege or bonus, COVID-19 has shown that equitable access to high-quality healthcare is a fundamental human right.
With that in mind, we’d like to explore how five major healthcare delivery areas should change after COVID-19: Family and General Practice, EMS and Emergency Care, In-Patient Care, Out-Patient and Ambulatory Care, and Long-Term Care.
Please remember that these changes won’t necessarily be quick or easy, but they are necessary so that we can build the resilience of global healthcare systems towards infectious pathogens like SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In some places these changes will require relatively minor adjustments. In others, particularly in places where healthcare is delivered for profit, there will be massive changes required in the ways people think about health and healthcare.
For what is likely the first time in history, we have the opportunity to make coordinated and cohesive changes in the global healthcare system. COVID-19 has affected every part of the world, and shown just how interdependent the healthcare system is. One weak point in the global healthcare system can bring the entire world down.
This is a conversation that needs to involve more than just one person, one company, or one country. It needs all of us to contribute if it is going to be helpful for the long-term. So, we would like to invite you to participate.
If you would like to make yourself available for a conversation or more formal interview, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to make your contribution anonymous if requested.