This post from Hamish Meldrum shows how hospital doctor budgets have steadily outpaced GP Budgets over the last 25 years.

Through our work with the Manitoba health system in Canada, I’ve been thinking a lot about rebalancing health systems towards prevention.

My team’s experience working with global health systems over many decades tells us that when health systems are dominated by the acute sector, they will eventually go bankrupt.

Waiting for people to get sick before treating them drains their quality of life and increases health system costs exponentially. Hospitals and new drug treatments have become excellent at extending lifespan, but the more important question is:

How do we extend healthspan?

We need to reframe our thinking and care a lot more about adding ‘life-to-years’ than simply adding ‘years-to-life’.

If we care more about extending healthspan than lifespan, then we should be differentially investing in primarycare supported by proven populationhealthmanagement techniques.

These techniques help care teams to understand individual people’s health risk factors better and intervene pre-emptively. That way, we can prevent people from getting sick in the first place.

If you’ve read this far, I hope you’re already on board with the idea that prevention is better than cure. But how do we get everyone else on board?

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