Capio can identify three main drivers of the growing demand for healthcare with its associated costs. The proportion of the population aged 60 or older is increasing at a disproportionally high rate in Europe, based on the high birth rates after the Second World War. Medical progress and the ability to manage illness are contributing to an overall increased average lifetime, and more patients can be treated. Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and certain cardiovascular diseases, are increasing and are treated over longer periods of time.
While the aforementioned factors increase the need for healthcare and society’s healthcare costs, the proportion of people in the workforce to finance healthcare is expected to decrease, resulting in constrained public healthcare budgets. The need for high-quality healthcare at lower cost to society has therefore never been greater.