Increased number of Centers of Excellence

Increased specialization improves quality and increases productivity, since  greater specialization increases the expertise of doctors, nurses and other medical staff, enabling them to develop and maintain their core competences. Developed healthcare systems are, therefore, seeking to concentrate volumes at levels where the number of procedures, treatments or interventions per doctor or medical team are sufficiently high to achieve quality and productivity gains. The development of increased specialization is in line with the shift from inpatient care to outpatient care and the adoption of the LEON principle, and ultimately enables the provision of quality care to more patients for the same cost.

In most developed healthcare systems, this trend for increased specialization can be seen in the greater prevalence of “centers of excellence”.