Trend 5. Improved efficiency of healthcare systems by shifting volumes to the most efficient care level
The healthcare system’s ability to manage patient flows to the right treatment at the right care delivery level will be important in addressing the bottlenecks and cost pressure in European healthcare systems.
By providing quality healthcare with high productivity, at the right level of care delivery, while integrating care across the different levels of the healthcare system and building patient pathways, the cost of care can be lowered while ensuring consistent or improved quality. Allowing the patient to be the basis for the healthcare structure not only ensures that the patient receives comprehensive care at the right level, but also that resources are used in the best possible way. One consequence of this viewpoint is that there is greater focus on outpatient care, seen from the patient’s perspective. This new viewpoint also means that substantial patient flows can in future be redirected from inpatient to outpatient care, where there are good opportunities for greater specialization and treatment of more patients to a high quality standard, as well as cost efficiency. An example of this is providing a patient with the right treatment at the primary care unit level, rather than requiring the patient to seek treatment at a local hospital. These trends create opportunities for pan-European healthcare providers to implement best practices across markets by transferring knowledge and experience between units and countries, thereby gradually reducing the differences in the quality of care. In addition, AVLOS reduction also reduces personnel and other direct costs, as well as freeing up capacity to handle additional patient volumes. Continued implementation of Modern Medicine will improve medical results and reduce AVLOS.