Before I attended the Health Financing Forum, I understood that financing healthcare would be a massive and complex undertaking. However, after the forum it was not much clearer.
The main goal was to describe how good decisions are made, how money should be spent and costs contained. The examples given were from healthcare systems in the Netherlands,Germany and Austria.
The last presenter, M Pearson stood out to me the most . He was quite frank in his topic “ System of Health Accounts” . He expressed that his work could only be done when good comparable data is available. Here we come to the crux of the matter. Everyone seems to be using different indicators and from the beginning these indicators are not defined the same way.
What also struck me was if only data which are comparable are used, what happens to all the other data? Its apples and oranges!! So the result of all this academic work and projection , what does it really say? Health systems within the EU are constructed and financed differently and its almost impossible to give a true projection or solution for cost containment.
By: Cherisse Mark, a MCI student