By 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise to 9.7 billion, with 2 billion over the age of 60. However, the global health and healthcare system is still ill-equipped to deal with this demographic transformation. To keep populations healthy and to treat patients more effectively, solutions need to come from outside traditional healthcare.
The World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare provides a unifying framework for health preservation and improved healthcare delivery. The effort brings together stakeholders from the public and private sectors to catalyse opportunities to accelerate these goals.
Global Platform for Access to Care
Over 80% of populations in emerging markets remain without access to basic care. Every year, 100 million people fall into poverty because of catastrophic healthcare expenditures. The Sustainable Development Goals call for universal health coverage by 2030, starting with primary care. Neither governments nor private organizations can address this challenge alone. Yet, there are only a handful of successful commercially viable public-private cooperation models in emerging economies (outside of one-off corporate social responsibility projects) that ensure sustainable access to care. Furthermore, there are no stakeholders in the global health space who are mobilizing the private sector to provide sustainable access to primary care while ensuring the universal health coverage (UHC) aspect of the SDGs.
This project aims to develop a coalition of partners to develop a vision for ensuring there is sustainable primary care globally. It would build on existing partner efforts for primary care and universal health coverage by ensuring they are well aligned and synergistic; synthesizing financially sustainable models for public-private primary care delivery; identifying what “innovation” works for primary care; and matching government needs with private-sector offerings. The World Economic Forum has made strides in forming such a coalition through its Health Systems Leapfrogging effort, which resulted in creating ecosystems of multistakeholder partnerships for access to care, including memoranda of understanding for collaboration between governments and international organizations. While developing the operating and business model for the creation of the Primary Care Coalition as well as its concrete deliverables, the project will seek to identify which public organization is best placed to host or own the coalition. By the end of the project, the coalition will spin off as an independent entity.