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Focus On 7 ‘Tension Points’ Can Help Ensure Health Gains Shared More Equitably

STAT: The one percent will continue to get healthier. The 99 percent should, too
Per Kristian Hong, partner in A.T. Kearney’s health practice, and Erik R. Peterson, partner with A.T. Kearney and managing director of the firm’s Global Business Policy Council

“…Amazing [health] advances have been made during the past seven decades … Even greater advances are on the horizon. But will this dazzling health future be shared equitably across communities? Or will only the wealthiest one percent of the global population reap benefits that are inaccessible to the 99 percent? A report we recently coauthored identified seven tension points that will have an outsized influence in answering those two questions. Demographic shifts … Innovation … Science … Consumerization … Prevention … Patient data … Cost of care … As the WHO marks seven decades of working to improve health for all, it is essential to examine how these seven tension points will shape health access and outcomes over the next decade and beyond. The global one percent will clearly benefit from advances in our understanding and treatment of disease and our ability to prevent it. But translating the promise of these innovations to broadly shared outcomes for the remaining 99 percent will require concerted attention from government, business, and public health leaders everywhere” (4/24).

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