The Business Of Health

The Business Of Health
Due to the breadth of certain topics, three program tracks will offer conversations across both Fest 1 and Fest 2. Additionally, focused attention will be given to four different subjects during each half of the Festival. Spotlight: Health kicks off the week as a focused, two-and-a-half day forum.
The Business of Health
The Business of Health
Health care and the biomedical sciences will surely remain growth industries worldwide, but new threats loom, costs are soaring and financing strategies are in flux. How will we pay for the care we want and the protection we need? What new business models show promise for the future?
As the Affordable Care Act reshapes the economic incentives in the health care system, hospitals and health care networks are consolidating, primary-care physicians are in short supply, and more care is needed to treat chronic conditions. How will all of that change health care and society over the next 10 years? What happens to the social fabric when concierge medicine and high-cost diagnostics are accessible only to the very few?
We are making strides in global health, including declines in child mortality and the incidence of malaria, but an emphasis on austerity threatens some of that progress. What are the synergies between economic growth and health investment? What are the links between poverty, income inequality and poor health? How can poor countries afford to invest in prevention? How can they afford not to?
As the marketplace for health care services becomes ever more globalized, we need to consider what elements of the system can appropriately be handled through "medicine-at-a-distance" strategies and what elements will always remain local. And who will provide health and public health services in the future, given huge personnel shortages and the "brain drain" pulling trained health professionals out of resource-poor countries. How do we shift to realizing "brain gain" globally? What are the lessons from developing countries about allocating resources and delivering care that can be brought to bear in developed ones?
2014